After deciphering the Pittsburgh Penguins’ defensive mentality, they were not Stanley Cup favorites until now. They were chosen by many as the preseason Cup favorites. This was based upon individual talent, not team success. The Penguins prematurely exited the playoffs in the last two post-seasons. No exit was more painstaking than their debacle against the Philadelphia Flyers a season ago.
The Pens proved they were able to score enough goals to beat the Flyers, but they were unable to keep pucks out of their own net. The Pens and Flyers series may go down as one of the most bizarre playoff series in NHL history, but one thing was for certain, the Pens had glaring defensive deficiencies. These problems continued to linger into this lockout shortened season.