PITTSBURGH - So maybe the Pittsburgh Penguins don't need a coaching change?
No matter what happens this afternoon in Philadelphia, at least the Penguins competed against the Flyers and got back to playing the style of hockey that earned them 109 points in the regular season.
The bad start to the playoff series had little to do with the coaching staff and everything to do with poor execution, lack of discipline and a sudden and inexplicable slump by Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Fleury who was flopping and flailing in the first three games bore little resemblance to the goalie who was so steady for the Penguins over six months.
Yet the lunatic fringe wanted to pin it all on bad coaching, as though Dan Bylsma and his staff were controlling things like a video game.
If it worked that way, they would have been frantically flipping their thumbs so James Neal didn't go on an uncontrolled head-hunting mission that earned him a game's suspension.
Best-of-seven series are long and often contain multiple and conflicting storylines.
Patience is a virtue. Unfortunately, it's always in short supply.
The NHL sent 14 of its 30 teams home after the regular season, yet Brendan Shanahan is as busy as ever.
Shanahan is the NHL official who reviews questionable plays and hands out supplemental discipline.
Here's the culture the NHL is dealing with: The Penguins' Arron Asham got four games for cross checking Brayden Schenn in the throat, then punching him in the back of the head as he lay on the ice. Asham said if he knew he was going to get such a severe penalty, he would have really hit Schenn.
Steelers president Art Rooney II went to Minnesota to lobby officials there to build a new stadium for the Vikings.
Back in the day when new venues were being proposed for the North Side, imagine how much people would have liked having another NFL owner come to town to sell the idea.
Strong-arming for a new stadium should be a local sport.
Fun and done
Must be a festive time at Kentucky.
Celebrate that NCAA Tournament championship, then have the going-away party for all the freshmen and sophomores.
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