Penguins captain Sidney Crosby had a much easier time explaining what went wrong for Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference finals than he did in breaking through against the Boston Bruins' stingy defense.
''We didn't score,'' Crosby said.
And now the Penguins are headed home.
After Pittsburgh led the NHL in goals during the regular season and finished second in total points, the top-seeded Penguins were eliminated with a 1-0 loss to the Bruins in Game 4 on Friday night.
The defeat capped a stunning sweep by the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Bruins.
''I didn't expect to go out four straight,'' Crosby said. ''But the last couple games, I thought we deserved better. Unfortunately we didn't find a way to regroup after dropping those two at home.''
The high-powered Penguins, boasting former MVPs Crosby and Malkin, managed just two goals in the series after averaging nearly 3 1-2 per game during the regular season.
Crosby and Malkin both failed to record a point in the series.