NHL Playoffs 2012: Where the Pittsburgh Penguins Went Wrong

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Where the Pittsburgh Penguins Went Wrong
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On Sunday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Penguins saw their Stanley Cup dreams come to an end at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers. The elimination in the sixth game of the series sent the Penguins home early for a third straight year and surprised experts and fans who expected the team to be Stanley Cup favorites.

When a top team exits the playoffs prematurely, it's only natural to wonder what went wrong, and the Penguins have plenty of unanswered questions.

Here are some things that might have cost the Penguins the series and, thus, their season.

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