Asham rises to sudden stardom

Penguins forward Arron Asham scores against Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson during Game 3 of...

Penguins forward Arron Asham scores against Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on April 18, 2011. (ELIOT J. SCHECTER/Getty Imagse/AFP)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:54 PM ET

When you score five goals during the season, you don't expect to get three in your first four playoff games, but that's exactly what fourth-liner Arron Asham has accomplished.

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma says Asham's outburst may seem like a surprise, but it is actually a result of playing in a system built for success without its major offensive stars.

"I'm not sure what happens or why that is exactly, but when you look at success in the playoffs, you see people pop up and be the hero in a meaningful game that you might not see in the regular season," Bylsma said Friday.

"Our team, in trying to play a certain way, we have put ourselves in a situation that on any given night it could be any guy who steps up ... to have a chance to put that cape on."


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