Wednesday night's Pittsburgh Penguins game against the Colorado Avalanche marked the second anniversary of the first game Dan Bylsma coached as the Penguins bench boss.
Bylsma was promoted to head coach of the Penguins in February of 2009 after Michel Therrien was fired. The Penguins were in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, and another chance at the Stanley Cup seemed out of the question.
But when Bylsma came up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, where he was acting as head coach, he knew exactly what to do. He encouraged the players to loosen up and immediately earned their respect. The Penguins players loved him for giving constructive criticism and working on their level.
The fans loved him for his calm demeanor behind the bench and his superstition of eating a Qdoba burrito before Stanley Cup playoff games.
No matter what you think of the Penguins, it's hard to argue that Bylsma is not setting himself apart as one of the best coaches in the NHL.
Bylsma has done a lot for the Penguins in two years—here are five of his finest moments.