BOSTON — Ray Shero should say something Thursday.
Five words would do.
Five words are necessary.
Dan Bylsma is my coach.
And Shero should say those words to Mario Lemieux, who has looked awfully disappointed after losses by the Penguins in Game 2 and 3 of the Eastern Conference final.
There will be enough to do this offseason as the Penguins move into the unofficial second half of the Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin Era. A coaching search is not necessary, and it would not be productive.
Speaking of that era, it looks a lot different today than it did four years ago – and, as columnist Dejan Kovacevic opines, it’s not dark yet, but… http://triblive.com/sports/dejankovacevic/dejancolumns/4138047-74/malkin-crosby-done#axzz2VPxRwUBi
= A 2-1 loss to the Bruins on Wednesday night – actually, the game ended Thursday morning – pretty much ended this East final.
For what it’s worth, and it’s probably worth nothing to fans, this was the second greatest playoff game I’ve covered of the 98 I’ve reported on since 2007.
I really – really – thought going into Game 3 that I would get to at least 100 this postseason. Now, well, I am far from confident.
= Josh Yohe looks at the power play that has is more Prince Adam than He-Man against the Big Bad Bruins: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4146527-74/power-penguins-letang#axzz2VPxRwUBi
= Another Yohe gem, about the visors coming to the NHL: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4138058-74/adams-penguins-wear
= Tuukka Rask is a lot better than at least one idiot (Yours Truly) thought: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4138098-74/rask-game-penguins#axzz2VPxRwUBi
= Bylsma promised changes, and made some – because, well, it wasn’t him who made these Penguins slower: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4138088-74/game-winger-penguins#axzz2VPxRwUBi
Will close with this, and it is not intended as a shot; but it is also not second guessing, either.
My column from March 16: http://triblive.com/sports/nhl/3655870-74/rob-rossi-iginla#axzz2VPxRwUBi
Think about it.