In the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals, the Boston Bruins' strategy against the Penguins was to get the puck deep into the Penguins zone and use their forecheck to create turnovers and generate scoring chances.
As evident by their four-game sweep of the Pens, the Bruins were successful at doing both.
In the Pens' opening-round series, the Columbus Blue Jackets seemed to be reading off of the same script and were able to push the Pens to six games using the same strategy.
While Pens fans are probably celebrating that they will face the New York Rangers instead the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round, they should remember the Rangers split the season series with the Pens and outshot them 133-120 in the four games.
While the Rangers don't play the "heavy" style as the Blue Jackets and Flyers do, they play a puck-pressure game and are a very good forechecking team.
In order to negate the Rangers' speed advantage, especially on the bottom two lines, the Pens will need to be quicker to the puck, stronger in the corners and more careful with their outlet passes than they were against the Blue Jackets.