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Penguins Have Seen This Fish Before

Looks familiar, doesn't it?

As another spring is (barely) inching closer by the day, the Penguins are on yet another roll, winners of nine straight.  The Pens' first line of Kunitz/Crosby/Dupuis are playing out of their minds.  Even their defense, which was much maligned not very long ago, is playing much, much better.

And all this recently without Evgeni Malkin.  You know, the reigning MVP.

So yes, the Penguins are playing fantastic hockey.  But it would behoove the Pens if they remembered their play of recent springs and remember the lessons learned.

It was just two seasons ago, in 2010-2011, when the Penguins finished the regular season on a 12-4 run.  That got them 106 points and a #4 seed in the playoffs.

Of course, that would only last one round, when the Pens blew a 3-1 series lead and dropped the final three games to Tampa Bay.

It didn't change last season, either.

The Penguins had a great roll then as well, going 13-0-1 late in the season.

But after earning another #4 seed going into the playoffs, they were summarily dominated by the Flyers in six games.

So it's not like there's no precedent in the Penguins' recent past with regular season success, only to result in playoff disappointment.

Who knows what changes are in store for the Pens' roster as we get closer to the trade deadline, but if the Penguins management and players are smart, they'll remember how well they were playing in recent springs.

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Lindas1st's avatar

They remember Tony.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 03/18/13 at 01:30 PM ET

Tony's avatar

Sure hope you’re right….

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 03/18/13 at 02:24 PM ET

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Originally at Blogspot, then at MVN, TheConfluence has over 1500 articles reporting Penguins news as well as jumping on my soapbox to opine constructive Penguins criticism.

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