Maybe it was because the majority of these "Penguin fans" have never followed a National Hockey League organization for longer than the duration of the 2007-08 playoffs.
Then came a 5-7-1 record in the month of January.
A little more leg room opened up on the bandwagon.
"Therrien was so successful. He led us to the Finals. He helped Crosby and Malkin become awesome players."
You don't teach big-time talent.
Then, Disco Dan Bylsma came to town.
The Pens posted a 3-1-1 record during Bylsma's first five games, and looked like a completely different team while doing it.
IHCDB basically called Therrien's trapping system a joke.
Ray Shero was on the horn during the days leading up to the trade deadline.
He shipped Ryan Whitney and his minus-15 to California to play in the conference where sub par defensemen are expected to be sub par defensemen and not fabricated to be a hell of a lot better than they really are.
If Chris Pronger was traded to an Eastern Conference team, he would kill himself from the pressure of high expectations. Instead, he stays in Anaheim, where he can bask in his mediocrity, and everyone is completely fine with it.
In exchange for Whitney, Shero brought in Chris Kunitz and some prospect that is a beast in the OHL.
Nonetheless, Kunitz picked up a goal and an assist in his first game in a Penguins' uniform.
Chicago, namely Craig Adams.
Guerin and Kunitz are both definitely upgrades from Whitney and Satan, so this year's deadline was a success.
The Pens have rattled off six victories in a row. They are coming off of a five game road trip in which they picked up 10 huge points.
They've won 5-3, they've won 1-0, they've won 3-1 and 4-1. The point of that extremely hard to read sentence is this: they're finding ways to win games that they weren't winning a month ago.
The Pens looked relaxed, yet determined. Motivated, yet comfortable.
And they are finally able to roll four solid lines that don't consist of 12 players that will be career AHL'ers.
The Pens are set to host Florida Tuesday night and will travel to that state to our west that likes to pretend it's a suburb of Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Then, it's an eight game home stand to close out the month of March. Ottawa, Boston, Atlanta, LA, Pilthadelphia, Calgary, NY Rangers, and the Devils are all on the menu.
This is a huge stretch for the Pens, and it couldn't come at a better time. Could this be the schedule-makers' way of showing sympathy for a short off-season, or an early season trip to Siberia to play two games in a golf ball? Probably not, but it's fun to think so.
However you look at, this season has had its ups and downs, but it ain't over yet. In fact, you could say the season has only begun.
As we all know, the playoffs are a different beast than the regular season.
We have seen the Capitals' shaky goaltending and reliance on their power play to score goals. A playoff series between the Pens and Caps would be one of the most annoying events in the history of time.
Caps' fans seem to have a weird infatuation with Sidney Crosby. They go out of their way to attempt to make fun of/mock Sid. Really all they accomplish is making themselves look like jokes.
Exhibit B. If those two aren't blood relatives, I'd be shocked.
We are witnessing the Boston Bruins slumping at the worst time of the year. They still have to be considered a very tough first round opponent, due to their physicality and ability to wear down the opposition over the course of a seven game series.
We have witnessed the Rangers and Habs make coaching changes in an attempt to spark their respective playoff pushes.
Carolina just scored 9 goals in a game. Too bad no one outside of Raleigh is giving them a shot to finish in the top eight.
As strange as it may seem, the New Jersey Devils might be the toughest first round match up for any team in the East right now.
The point of all of this is: the Penguins aren't the only team battling right now. There is no team, including Boston, who should feel 100% comfortable with their position right now. And there is no team that will feel 100% comfortable with their position right now.
Nobody's laying down, nobody's giving up. It's going to be a battle for position right down to April 11.
The positive in all of this, as far as Penguin fans are concerned, is that there probably aren't many teams in the Eastern Conference who would look forward to a first round match up against a Pittsburgh Penguin team that is playing its' best hockey of the season right now.