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During the Penguins' disastrous four-game sweep at the hands of the Boston Bruins in the 2013 Eastern Conference Final, it became painfully obvious that, while the Bruins were willing to pay the price to score ugly goals, the Pens were not.
Having led the league in goals scored, the Pens seemed content to play on the perimeter against a tough and disciplined Bruins team that dared them to play dump-and-chase hockey.
One would have thought the Pens learned their lesson, but one year later, they had the same problems in 2014 against the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers, barely surviving a six-game series against the former and blowing a 3-1 series lead against the latter.
Following the hiring of new general manager Jim Rutherford, the Pens have made a concerted effort to address that issue and dealt James Neal in exchange for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling, who each have a reputation for their willingness to get to the net.
In addition, they also acquired Steve Downie, a gritty player who emulates former Pen player and current assistant coach Rick Tocchet, and Blake Comeau, a former 20-goal scorer who has a knack for creating traffic in front of goaltenders.
Given the personnel moves they've made thus far, the Pens seem to have finally learned the lesson that regular-season and postseason hockey are not the same thing, and in order to get back to being a championship team, they need to be able to score ugly goals when pretty goals are hard to come by.