Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma didn't make any excuses for goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury a day after a stunning 4-3 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.
Bylsma explained that he wasn't particularly pleased when Fleury misplayed the puck late in the third period on a sequence that allowed Brandon Dubinsky to tie the game with 24 seconds to play.
"Typically the rule of thumb (when) the puck's on the glass is to stay in the net," Bylsma told reporters on Thursday. "This one was on the glass bouncing and Marc knows he should have stayed in the net."
Fleury gave up the winner in overtime on a Nick Foligno wrist shot and the Penguins are tied 2-2 with Columbus heading back to Pittsburgh for Game 5.
Bylsma was just as upset at the fact that Pittsburgh surrendered a 3-0 road lead in Game 4 and eventually lost the game.
"The work and compete and the battle level has probably been the most troubling thing for our team," he said. Last night (to) get up three goals in the game and they were the team that worked...the most troubling, it's got to be raised."
Outside of goaltending, Bylsma called for more production from all of his players, including stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
"They're our best players," he added. "We need more from our whole team. And we need more from them."
Fleury looks to get the nod in goal again on Saturday, as Bylsma said there were no injury or lineup updates to pass along before Game 5.
Despite finishing 16 points ahead of the Blue Jackets in the regular season, Bylsma said he expected nothing less from his first round opponents.
"We expect this to be tough, we expect it to be a tough series...we're in a battle with Columbus, no matter who it is... we can go out there and win this series and move on and we know it's going to be tough."