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Bylsma could make history

| Saturday, April 11, 2009

• It's pretty obvious from looking at Dan Bylsma's record - 17-3-4, 38 points - that he is off to a fast start as interim Penguins coach. With a win tonight, Bylsma would equal the best 25-game start in NHL history for a coach hired during a season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Bep Guidolin had 40 points in his first 25 games (20-5-0) with the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins in 1972-73, after replacing Tom Johnson in February. The Bruins lost in the first round of the playoffs. Forty points also would place Bylsma in a tie for second all-time for any coach's first 25 games. Todd McLellan had 43 points in his first 25 games with the San Jose Sharks this season.

• Veteran forward Miroslav Satan cleared re-entry waivers on his way back up from Wilkes-Barre and was expected to join the Penguins in Montreal for tonight's game. Satan is on the Penguins' playoff roster. His call-up counts as one of the four the Penguins are permitted in the playoffs. Satan had three goals and six assists in 10 games with Wilkes-Barre. He was sent there to clear cap space when the Penguins acquired Chris Kunitz and Bill Guerin. Satan, who played for Bylsma when the latter was an assistant coach with the New York Islanders in 2005-06, had three goals and four points in eight games under Bylsma this season. "I'm comfortable with what he can do," Bylsma said.

• Forward Matt Cooke will shave his moustache immediately after tonight's game. Cooke was forced to grow the moustache when he was the last player to score in a breakaway contest after practice several weeks ago. Normally, the loser of that contest serves juice to teammates. On that day, Bylsma made the moustache stipulation.

• Thirteen players participated in Friday's optional practice. ... Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to return to the net tonight.

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