Sidney Crosby…cleaning out his stall…before the end of April? The idea was surreal. The lone playoff miss of his legendary 14-year career came in 2005-06, his rookie season, and, across 13 consecutive berths since, early exits have been rare for the Penguins. They’ve been to four Stanley Cup finals since 2007-08, winning three, with another conference-final trip to boot.
Getting swept by the New York Islanders in Round 1, with the final two defeats coming in Pittsburgh, was disturbingly off-brand for this incarnation of the Penguins franchise, built around future Hall of Famers Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. That’s how it felt just watching it. Imagine how strange it felt to experience it. “Yeah, it was tough,” Crosby said. “You get so pumped about getting into the playoffs, and you work so ha...
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