Pens coach Bylsma looks back at playoffs
Playing against Carolina tonight for the first time since his club swept the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference final last season, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma recalled that series Tuesday.
"We thought one of the biggest keys to the series was taking them very seriously for what they bring; they were a fast team that got to teams in the offensive zone," he said. "If you look back, especially to Games 1 and 2, they were very close. The series gets a 4-0 tagging, but that's not the way we felt when we were in it, that's for sure."
• Hurricanes center Eric Staal did not practice yesterday at RBC Center, but coach Paul Maurice said he will play tonight against the Penguins. Defenseman Joni Pitkanen (lower-body) injury is not expected to play tonight, Maurice said.
• The Penguins did not practice until 1:30 p.m. yesterday — a rarity, given their usual start times between 10 and 11:30 a.m. They did not arrive in Raleigh, N.C., until after 2 a.m. after playing Monday night in Ottawa. The practice session yesterday lasted about 90 minutes, which is longer than normal — likely because they are not expected to practice Thursday.
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