2009-10 Pittsburgh Penguins: What To Do For An Encore?

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2009-10 Pittsburgh Penguins: What To Do For An Encore?

There are 29 teams in the NHL that spent their summers wondering "What went wrong last year?"

The Pittsburgh Penguins were not one of them.

Instead, the Penguins spent the summer celebrating all over the world with the Stanley Cup and savoring the achievement of finally being on top of the league. The ending however, seemed far too good to be true.

In February, the Penguins suffered a Valentine's Day massacre at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs that essentially cost Michel Therrien his job. Replaced by a relative unknown, Disco Dan Byslma had only coached 50 minor league hockey games.

But despite the unsure outlook, the Penguins closed out the regular season with an absurd 18-3-2 mark, flying from 10th place in the Eastern Conference to home-ice advantage in the playoffs.

The too-good-to-be-true Penguins disposed of arch-rivals Philadelphia and Washington before sweeping away Carolina. A few weeks later, they were guzzling champagne from the Cup.

But what can this still very young team do for an encore? Let's take a look.

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