What Pittsburgh Penguins Must Do to Avoid an Upset vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

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What Pittsburgh Penguins Must Do to Avoid an Upset vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
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Game 4 was the embodiment of everything that could possibly go wrong in a playoff series for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Watching the contest was like witnessing a one-by-one rollout of everything that has cost this team a shot at the Stanley Cup since 2009.

Every issue and problem was there on display at one point or another, despite the Penguins leading 3-0 at one point in the game. If Game 2 was a stutter step, then Game 4 was Pittsburgh hitting the mat. That's a tough loss for any team to take, much less one that has had issues bouncing back from letdowns like this in years gone by.

Pittsburgh has plenty of experience to pull from, however. It's been in worse positions than this four games into a series as recently as last season. The Penguins' quarterfinal against the Columbus Blue Jackets is down to a best-of-three series now, and there are a few things that they can do to avoid an upset.

 

All statistics appear courtesy of NHL.com, unless otherwise noted, and are accurate through games played April 24.

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