5 Reasons the Penguins Advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals

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5 Reasons the Penguins Advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals
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Penguins celebrate after clinching series win

For the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009, the Pittsburgh Penguins have advanced past the second round of the NHL playoffs and will face the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Having defeated the pesky New York Islanders and the determined Ottawa Senators, the Penguins have emerged as a more-complete team, having learned their lessons from previous playoff failures and from early-round challenges. 

As the Penguins prepare for the Bruins, a physical and talented team and recent Stanley Cup champion, let's examine the five reasons why Pittsburgh advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals:

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