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Jun 1, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) on the ice against the Boston Bruins during the second period in game one of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Boston Bruins won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Poll: What in the World Has Happened to the Pittsburgh Penguins?

I’m not one to believe in universal signs, the concept of fate/destiny, or even the zombie apocalypse (okay, I sort of do believe in that last one), but if you have been paying close attention to the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, you would realize that the current 0-3 hole that the Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves in this morning is actually the fourth sign of the end of the world.

Head for the hills!!!!!!!

Seriously, though: so many people in the media, including most of the writers here at Sabre Noise, had Pittsburgh picked to at least make it to the Stanley Cup Finals, or win Lord Stanley’s Cup outright, that it feels like the universe has been flipped upside down by this stunning reversal.   I know I went against the grain by picking Anaheim to win it all, but even I had to fall in line and pick the Penguins to come out of the East.  Not that they still can’t – a less-talented Philadelphia Flyers squad erased an 0-3 deficit against the Bruins a few years back – but just the fact that they have hit such a wall against Boston is hard for me to wrap my head around . . .

. . . or is it?  I didn’t pick Boston to survive the first round against Toronto, based on how inconsistent they were during the regular season.  However, this Bruins team entered the season with lofty ambitions – should I be surprised they that are playing so well, when this is how people envisioned them playing months ago?   And isn’t this (mostly) the same Penguins team that collapsed against the Flyers last year?  Should I chalk up this disastrous showing to the fact that their psyches are as easy to destroy as a house of cards?  Or that they simply bought into their own hype and figured they could coast through the playoffs?

I know which answer I’m going with, but as always I want to know where you stand, so vote, and share your ideas below!


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