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Penguins hope for dream final
Coach readies team for final showdown against Detroit Red Wings in Stanley Cup Finals.
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2009 11:42 GMT

 Bylsma is gunning for a big win [GALLO/GETTY]
Dan Bylsma has been in a Game Seven situation before.

Six years ago, Bylsma missed his chance to break open a scoreless Game Seven for the Anaheim Ducks when he failed to swat the puck past New Jersey Devils netminder Martin Brodeur.

The Devils won the game 3-0 and the next day Bylsma opened the newspaper to a picture that has burned into his memory.

Now coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Bylsma is preparing for another Game Seven but hopes Friday's showdown with the Detroit Red Wings will this time produce a different picture.

Picture perfect

"USA Today ...had a picture of me and Marty Brodeur with the puck in the air," recalled Bylsma.

"That was my chance when it was 0-0 and I do remember it very vividly.

"I don't know if I saved the picture but I think it's probably somewhere. I don't look at it. It's pretty emblazoned in my memory.

"But that's the agony and the beautiful thing of sport, we play it for some great reasons to win a Cup, to be the best.

"When you don't get it, it's painful. When you get it, it's glorious, and you get a lot of good pictures.

"You take the bad ones if you don't win and you put them in a basement in a box somewhere.

"We're looking for one we can hang on the wall."

Second time lucky

It is the second consecutive year Pittsburgh and Detroit have clashed for the Stanley Cup and there have been few photo album moments for the Penguins at Joe Louis Arena.

Last year, the Penguins were shut out in the opening two games of the finals while their only win in the Motor City required triple overtime.

In three games in Detroit this year, they have scored just two goals and are without a victory.

Star Penguin Sidney Crosby is ready for a fight [GALLO/GETTY]
Despite the long odds, Penguins' captain Sidney Crosby said Game Seven is a childhood dream come true.

"Like every kid growing up, you play street hockey, you play in the outdoor rinks, you always dream of that opportunity," said Crosby.

"I've watched Game Seven on TV and you dream of making it to the NHL but always something that sticks out is playing for the Cup in Game Seven.

"We've got an amazing opportunity here."

Bylsma also said the game would be as an opportunity for someone to step up and seize the chance he missed in 2003.

"There's going to be a chance," said Bylsma.

"That's where we put ourselves, one game, one-chance scenario.

"And there will be a picture the next morning."

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