*Reactions from Bylsma, Laviolette, Jagr, Crosby, Fleury, Adams*
You won't find Dan Bylsma believing the Danny Briere breakaway second period goal that was clearly off-side, is the reason the Penguins lost game 1, suffering a 4-3 overtime defeat.
"That's not why we lost the game, " Bylsma said. Why the Penguins lost the game was because they once again got away from their game and the same defensive issues that have plagued them for weeks showed up tonight.
"The second half of the game we didn't get to our game as much as we needed to, Bylsma said. "Last two periods was too much back and forth and us not really managing the puck in the neutral zone the way we need to, " he said.
Head coach Peter Laviolette didn't come off as surprised that his hockey club appeared to be a bit rattled in the first period. Going into period 2, Laviolette stressed to his team that they have to establish the certain identity they are as a hockey club.
"I think just more addressing a realization for them that they know how to play and we didn't do that, " Laviolette said on addressing his team after first period. "We've said it before we have a certain identity we find success with, we know we can score goals, we know win hockey games playing a certain style and certain brand. In first period we did too much standing, too much watching, and we became targets to hit and we just didn't move well enough. I thought we got better in the second period but still not to level we were satisfied with, and in the third period I really thought we started to play good hockey and felt good about overtime coming up.
"I don't know if that's to be expected with this group just based on fact this is loud building, just a completely different environment from anything we've been use to all year. We have not seen that type of energy."
The Flyers have continuously showed the ability to come back this season and it didn't come as a surprise√ā¬†to Bylsma or veteran Penguins winger Craig Adams.