By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Most of the Penguins needed a little time to be convinced that Dan Bylsma was the right man to coach their team.

A few weeks for some, a few days for others.

Not Matt Cooke.

Just minutes into the players' first meeting with Bylsma -- at a Long Island hotel on the morning of Feb. 16, perhaps 16 hours after Bylsma had replaced Michel Therrien as coach -- Cooke was struck by how his teammates were reacting to Bylsma and his message.