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NHL: Bylsma gets two-year deal to stay with Penguins

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Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was given a two-year contract extension by the National Hockey League club on Wednesday, five days after the team was ousted in the playoffs.

Bylsma, who had one year remaining on his current contract, has guided the Penguins into the playoffs for the past five seasons since taking over late in the 2008-2009 campaign, including a Stanley Cup championship in 2009.

The Boston Bruins swept Pittsburgh in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final to book a date against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final.

Pittsburgh won 36 games in a lockout-shortened season, winning the Atlantic division crown with the best record in the Eastern Conference.

"I believe in Dan Bylsma and I believe in stability with our coaching staff," Penguins general manager Ray Shero said. "Dan is one of the top coaches in the NHL. His record speaks for itself.

"We fell short of our goal this year, and we're all disappointed in that, but I believe, and our ownership believes, that Dan is the man to lead us into the future."

Bylsma, 42, has a .699 winning percentage, the best of any coach in Penguins history, and a record of 201-93 with 25 regulation draws over five seasons. He was named the 2011 NHL Coach of the Year.

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