Brett LoGiurato
Sunday June 9th, 2013

Mario Lemieux is reportedly looking for someone to blame after the Penguins' early playoff exit. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Mario Lemieux is reportedly looking for someone to blame after the Penguins' early playoff exit. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Penguins chairman and co-owner Mario Lemieux may order the dismissal of head coach Dan Bylsma after the team was swept by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals, the New York Post's Larry Brooks reported.

From Brooks' report:

Several individuals within the industry have told Slap Shots Penguins chairman Mario Lemieux, distressed by his team’s fourth straight failure to get out of the Eastern Conference after consecutive trips to the Finals in 2008 and 2009, the latter culminating with a Stanley Cup victory, may instruct [general manager Ray] Shero to dismiss the coach.

There already is chatter out of Pittsburgh about how the Penguins failed to “adapt” or “adjust” to the Bruins in the Eastern finals sweep — during which they never held the lead, were limited to two goals overall and were shut out on the power play. All those areas generally are the purview of the coaching staff.

According to Brooks, Lemieux wants "someone to pay" for the franchise's disappointing finish, their fourth such early exit in the past four years. Pittsburgh traded four draft picks and three prospects in exchange for rentals Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray, neither of whom had much of an effect on Pittsburgh's playoff performance.

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