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What next? Penguins facing bumpy off-season after another playoff collapse

Wednesday, 05.14.2014 / 4:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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What next? Penguins facing bumpy off-season after another playoff collapse

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Pittsburgh Penguins have plenty of questions but few answers heading into what promises to be an eventful off-season.

The Metropolitan Division champions lost to the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Tuesday night. Pittsburgh led the series 3-1 but collapsed over the final three games.

The loss marks a fifth straight season without a trip back to the Stanley Cup finals for the Penguins and could put coach Dan Bylsma's job in jeopardy.

The winningest coach in franchise history has struggled during the playoffs. All five of Pittsburgh's post-season defeats over the last five years have come to lower-seeded teams.

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I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.

— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final