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Penguins Reward the Fans Who Had Faith

Published by on June 15, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

I remember watching the Penguins play the Islanders at the Coliseum earlier this season and thinking, these guys don't look that good at all. The Pens were the defending Eastern Conference champions, and had two all-world players in Sidney Crosby and Yvgeni Malkin, and yet there was something missing.

Well, they found it. They fired their coach in mid-February after four months of uninspired play and replaced him with Dan Bylsma of Wilkes-Barre (I know, Who?), then added Bill Guerin for a conditional draft pick, and the march was on.

They rallied to beat the Capitals and Alexander Ovechkin in seven games, got a vacation with a four-game sweep of Carolina, then resurrected themselves from a 2-0 deficit in the Stanley ...

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