Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was asked at the start of his meeting with reporters Thursday morning about his record against the Washington Capitals.
“Thank you,” he said sarcastically. “Thank you, by the way.”
Bylsma is 2-6-3 in regular-season games against the Caps since taking over in February 2009. From the back of the pack, TV color analyst and former player Bob Errey coughed the word, “Cup.” Bylsma and the Penguins beat the Caps on the way to winning the Stanley Cup in the spring of 2009.
But Bylsma doesn’t really have an explanation for the Caps’ regular-season domination of his Penguins teams.
“I wish it was better. I wish it was different,” Bylsma said. “I know three or four of those are overtime games; I know there’s shootouts in there. Our win is a shootout.”
Actually, both of Pittsburgh’s wins in that time came in shootouts, meaning Bylsma has never beaten the Caps in regulation in the regular season.
“It’s been worse on home ice for us against the Capitals. That’s not a good thing,” Bylsma admitted. “We know we’re playing a great team, and they’ve given us problems. They’ve been hard-fought games. That’s what we’re anticipating again. There’s nothing more than I’d like to do than to start changing that record around right here tonight with a win.”
Bruce Boudreau went 12-1-3 all-time against the Penguins in the regular season.