PHILADELPHIA -- They were the popular choice among the prognosticators to win the Stanley Cup, but the Pittsburgh Penguins are going home empty-handed and deflated after a six-game series loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
"Right now it is a shock, yeah," Pascal Dupuis said following the 5-1 series-clinching loss Sunday at Wells Fargo Center. "We didn't play the right way to win so we didn't win."
Here are the five biggest reasons why the Penguins couldn't make good on the lofty expectations that were placed on them after Sidney Crosby returned to the lineup on March 15:
1. PK problems never went away
The Penguins had the third-ranked penalty kill during the regular season. It was their biggest problem against the Flyers.
Philadelphia broke a franchise record for most power-play goals in a playoff series with 12. The Flyers connected on 12 of 23 power plays for 52.2 percent.