- the Pittsburgh Penguins lifted the “interim” tag from Penguins coach Dan Bylsma’s title, giving him the job on a multi-year basis
The announcement came just a few days after the Penguins won Round 1 of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals against the Philadelphia Flyers in six games (4-2) on April 25; Pittsburgh advanced to the second round which matched them up with the Washington Capitals. The Penguins would ultimately advance all the way to the Stanley Cup Final against the Detroit Red Wings (for the second season in a row) taking the series in seven games to become the 2009 Stanley Cup Champions (just four months after Bylsma became the “interim” head coach on February 15, 2009, replacing Michel Therrien).
- the Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals, 3-2, to clinch the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in six games
Pittsburgh was the #2 seed while Washington was the #7 seed in the Eastern Conference. Moving onto the Round 2 Semi-finals, the Penguins faced the #3 seed, New York Rangers and won that series in five games (4-1) to move onto the #4 seed, Florida Panthers, in the Conference Final who ultimately stopped Pittsburgh’s playoff run in seven games (4-3) just one win shy of the Stanley Cup Final.
- Pittsburgh lost to the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1, and lost Game 7 of the Patrick Division Finals
Prior to meeting up with the Flyers in the Patrick Division Finals, the Penguins swept the New York Rangers in four straight games in the Division Semi-finals. Losing Game 7 to the Flyers eliminated Pittsburgh in the second round.
TODAY’S PENGUINS TRIVIA QUESTION:
Against which team did Evgeni Malkin have his first career playoff hat trick?
Find out tomorrow!
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