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As expected, Pittsburgh Penguins fire Dan Bylsma

Dan Bylsma Penguins coach 2011 (photo by Michael Miller via wikipedia commons)

Dan Bylsma is a good NHL coach. He’s a Stanley Cup winning coach with 252 career wins.

But in the end, those facts did not allow him to keep his job with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It was rumored by several members of the Pittsburgh media during the recent playoff series with the Columbus Blue Jackets that Bylsma could or would lose his job. Management did not like the fact that the Blue Jackets caused all kind of havoc to make the Penguins scuffle to win the series in six games. The the loss to the Rangers in the next series after having a commanding lead left a bad taste in the mouth.

The 252 games won with the Penguins is a franchise record.

But the fact that he could not win another Stanley Cup with players like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, James Neal and Brooks Orpik was unacceptable to management.

Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009, Pittsburgh lost series to lower-seeded teams and ended up with 4-5 playoff series record.

The past few months have been difficult for the 43-year-old Bylsma. He coached Team USA in the Sochi Olympics back in February would could not win a medal.

Blue Jackets dust off Penguins, 4-1

Consol Energy Center (file photo)

CBJ Slogan (file photo)

Everybody recalls the Pittsburgh Penguins embarassing the Columbus Blue Jackets back in December in Nationwide Arena.

But Columbus made their first visit to the Penguins new home. the Consol Energy Center, a special one with a 4-1 win.

The Penguins were without several of their star players, Sidney Crosby (concussion) and Evgeni Malkin (knee) and Chris Kunitz (lower-body injury).

With the win, the Blue Jackets pulled to within four points of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with their third win in a row.

The Jackets received goals from Rick Nash, Jakub Voracek, Sammy Pahlsson and Antoine Vermette.

The three stars of the game were: Rick Nash, CBJ LW, scored a goal and added an assist; Derick Brassard, CBJ Center, who garnered two assists and Steve Mason, CBJ goalie, stopped 32 shots and has three wins in a row.

compiled from Columbus Blue Jackets news

Capitals beat Penguins in Winter Classic at Heinz Field

Heinz Field on Ohio River (photo by Tom Murphy VII via Wikipedia Commons)

The home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers was the scene of the NHL’s annual Winter Classic, which feature two different teams in a different venue each New Year’s Day.

The 2011 version of the game pitted the Washington Capitals against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Heinz Field.

Eric Fehr outplayed reigning NHL stars Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin by scoring two goals and Washington beat Pittsburgh 3-1 in the rain at Pittsburgh.

After a scoreless first period in which both teams adjusted to playing outdoors at night under brighter lights than in an actual arena; and choppy ice.

When the Penguins took a 1-0 lead on Evgeni Malkin’s 14th goal saw 68,111 fans twiling Terrible Towels just like they do after a Steelers touchdown or field goal.

Fehr gave the Capitals their first lead at 2-1 in the second period and then wrapped up the game on a breakaway in the third.

Washington shut Crosby down completely as he went a second game without a goal or an assist.

compiled from NHL reports

Penguins beats Columbus again; Malkin leads way (Saturday)

The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second night in a row, 3-1 Saturday night in exhibition play. Evgeni Malkin scored his first goal of the preseason.

The Penguins beat the Blue Jackets on Friday in Columbus, 5-4.

Malkin deflected a puck past Columbus goalie Steve Mason at 2:47 of the third period to give Pittsburgh it’s first lead of the game.

Evgenis Malkin Pittsburgh (NFL)

Pittsburgh, now 3-0, also received goals from Arron Asham and Pascal Dupuis.

The Penguins put their top two centers, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the same line; the number one group for most of the game.

Marc-Andre Fluery was the winning goaltender for Pittsburgh, finishing with 32 saves. Steve Mason stopped 25 saves for Columbus.

Blue Jackets defenseman Michael Ratchuck scored the only goal on a backhand shot.

compiled from NHL & Columbus Blue Jackets news

Pittsburgh comes from behind to beat Columbus, 5-4 (Friday)

Chris Kunitz scored a goal and added an assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins scored twice in the third period to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 in a preseason game Friday night at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus.

The Penguins played without their top two players, Sidney Crosby (sore hip flexor) and Evgeni Malkin (scratch).

Kunitz was given credit for the goal after the puck caromed off of two Columbus players on the power play late in the second period.

Tomas Kubalik Columbus (NHL)

Nick Johnson scored between the circles on a power play for the winning goal at 8:13 of the third, and Mike Comrie made it 5-3 about 4 minutes later with a tap-in goal, finishing off a nice passing play.

The 2-0 Penguins also received scoring from Arron Asham and Mike Rupp.

Kristian Huselius had 3 assists all on  Tomas Kubalik’s three goals. Kyle Wilson also scored for the Blue Jackets who fall to 1-2.

Pittsburgh’s goalie, Brent Johnson allowed three goals on 21 shots, playing the first two periods. The Blue Jackets’ goaltender Mathieu Garon played the entire game and made 24 saves.

compiled from NHL & Columbus Blue Jackets news

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