PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins' loss to the Boston Bruins in the 2013 Eastern Conference Final still lingers within the locker room. But instead of allowing the loss to define them, the Penguins are focused on ensuring it doesn't happen again.
"We lost in the conference finals, we do not win a game in the conference finals. We're not going to shy away from that and [we're] looking at ways where we came up short and what we need to do better as a team and add to our team. That's not something we're looking to do come April 20, when the playoffs come around. We have to build that now into our team."
-- Penguins coach Dan Bylsma
A year removed from being ousted in the first round by the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, Pittsburgh seemed to have exorcised its postseason demons with its march to the conference final. But the Penguins were swiftly swept, leaving another impressive regular season without the validation that comes with a Stanley Cup.
The players have tried to put last postseason behind them and focus on preparing for another run at a championship.
"I think you have to get over it pretty quickly and realize that there's a long season ahead of us and we've got to learn from that," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. "You can't dwell on it. So, I think we've moved on."