The home team led their lower-seeded opponent three games to one. Then the goalie got hot.
In those final games, the opposing goalie put up a brick wall and his defense kept shots to the outside. Despite a massive advantage in possession, the home team– a favorite to win the Cup– lost game seven.
Despair reigned. The team’s star, an exemplar of offense, failed to score when it counted most. The team’s goalie looked manifestly flawed.
So the team looked inward. Where did we go wrong? Is this the wrong way to play? Who do we blame?
All the eyes turned to the coach.
It took another year and a half before the Capitals fired Bruce Boudreau. It was the biggest mistake the franchise made in a decade.
How long before Pittsburgh fires Dan Bylsma? Asking for a friend.
Infinite chugging GIF by the incomparable Steph
Source: "lots of dissension in the locker room during the playoffs towards him (Blysma). Arguing in meetings, etc. 99.98% he's gone"
— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) May 14, 2014
Dan Bylsma just completed what might well be his final press conference as Penguins coach.
— Joe Starkey (@JoeStarkey1) May 14, 2014
The media really likes Bylsma, which is why I'm sure criticism of his being outcoached (again) will be as brutal as a pillow fight.
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) May 14, 2014
Bylsma answering @RobRossi_Trib Q on what price will be for loss: I haven't contemplated the price… or anything towards the future.
— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) May 14, 2014
NBC analyst Keith Jones lays the hammer down on Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. Says he should be fired. #CapitalsTalk
— Chuck Gormley (@ChuckGormleyCSN) May 14, 2014
— PittsburghTribSports (@TribSports) May 14, 2014
(Note that Ray Shero isn’t on that cover and there’s no insert of Jordan Staal wearing a Carolina uniform.)
I hope Dick Patrick has Dan’s cell phone number.