There was the cross-Atlantic trip to open the year in Stockholm. There was a fired coach when expectations were not met, followed by an increase of the quality of play at home. There was the acquisition of a major offensive piece shortly before the trading deadline that coincided with a second half surge in which a playoff berth was earned for the third consecutive year.
How about those 2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins?
In a season that concluded with Rob Scuderi becoming the first native-born Long Islander to win the Stanley Cup, it was the shake-up of a talented but under-performing team that primed the focus of the eventual Cup champions.
The fact that management had to do those things kind of snapped us back into reality, and we realized that we were going to miss the playoffs if we had continued at the same clip, Scuderi said of the 2009 Penguins We just started to play as a team, and good things started to happen.
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