Blysma gets job

n Bylsma took over as interim coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins in mid-February, they were barely over .500 and nearly out of the playoff race.

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma holds up a puck during the NHL hockey team's practice at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh in preparation for the second-round of NHL playoffs Monday.

When Dan Bylsma took over as interim coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins in mid-February, they were barely over .500 and nearly out of the playoff race. One remarkable turnaround later, Bylsma earned himself a new contract and the right to drop “interim” from his job title. The Penguins officially named Bylsma their head coach after his arrival sparked Pittsburgh to an impressive 18-3-4 record over their last 25 regular-season games and a first-round playoff series win. “I’m humbled,” Bylsma said. “I’m excited. Penguins general manager Ray Shero said Bylsma’s work ethic, knowledge and ability to relate to the players made the contract extension an obvious move. Bylsma, who retired in 2004 after nine seasons in the NHL as a right-winger with Los Angeles and Anaheim, and the team reached an agreement on a multi-year contract Monday night.

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