5 Biggest Things Pittsburgh Penguins Proved in 2013 Playoffs

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5 Biggest Things Pittsburgh Penguins Proved in 2013 Playoffs
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After three straight early exits from the Stanley Cup playoffs, the 2013 Pittsburgh Penguins entered this year's playoffs looking to erase the disappointments of the past and bring home the franchise's fourth Stanley Cup.

Instead, they bowed out against the Boston Bruins in disappointing fashion.  After scoring just two goals in four games, the Pens were swept for the first time since 1972. 

With seven players set to become unrestricted free agents, three more restricted free agents and the reduction in the salary cap, it's safe to assume that the team that takes the ice this fall will not be the same one that left the ice in Boston.

While it's too soon to speculate on what the Pens will look like next season, it's not too early to review what we learned from another disappointing playoff exit.  Here are the five biggest things the Penguins proved during their playoff run.

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