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Insider Only Off-Day: Bylsma surprised by Lightning getting under veteran Penguins team skin

Bylsma Off-Day Quotes
The concern coming out of game 2 for the Penguins was how they looked liked the inexperienced team in letting the Tampa Bay Lightning get under their skin. Dan Bylsma called it a surprise, especially how early the Penguins let it bother them.

“Is a bit of surprise considering how soon it happened in the game, ” Bylsma said. “And, how our guys played the first game, I think one of the strengths of our first game was the composure on our bench and throughout the game…. It was apparent and last game, starting very early in the first and a stretch after that, they getting a goal and power play goal after that, we were a little bit not on our game and a little bit distracted by people and other events going on the ice and not focused on our game.”
Another hot topic at today’s media, what Bylsma can do to get Kris Letang going. Bylsma doesn’t appear overly concerned calling Letang’s play in Game 1 outstanding.
“There’s lots of things that had been done, can be done to help out his game, ” Bylsma said. “You know I thought in game 1 he was outstanding. Consistent level obviously in games 1 and 2, consistency was not there and wasn’t a strong game from Kris.
“But, the one thing I know about Kris is he’ll work to get better at it. His improvement in his game and his level of his game has increased dramatically over the years because of the diligent work. He’s aware he wasn’t at his best last night and a large part of our success in game 1 was because he was very good in that game and that’s something we need for him if were going to go into Tampa bay and win a game in game 3.
The Penguins 4th line has been a factor in this series and it’s not surprising considering their physical style and the Lightning’s group of defensemen vulnerable to backside pressure.
“It’s been the best two games from them in sometime, ” Bylsma said. They’ve really been a factor in the game, adding energy, physicality.”
One player whose been a big factor is Arron Asham whose skating has been the best I’ve seen from him all season, which has helped to be a force in the offensive zone.
Bylsma also noted today that he’s not a fan of the two-day breaks.
The Penguins are off today and will practice tomorrow at Consol before departing to Tampa.

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