Just when you thought they were out, they pulled themselves back in.
For the past few seasons, that sentiment has represented the story of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
After watching the Detroit Red Wings celebrate with the Stanley Cup at Mellon Arena in 2008 (the "they were out" part), the Penguins responded the following season in the grandest of fashions, by engaging in a similar celebration after defeating that very team at Joe Louis Arena (the "they pulled themselves back in" part).
But last season, the defending champs -- picked by many to repeat in the chase for the Cup, especially when the Eastern Conference seemingly was there for the taking after Washington's first-round elimination -- were ousted in what turned out to be the final game at Mellon Arena when the No. 8-seeded Montreal Canadiens defeated Pittsburgh in Game 7 of the conference semifinals.