Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/13/13
The Pittsburgh Penguins' loss to the Boston Bruins in the 2013 Eastern Conference Final still lingers within the locker room. But instead of allowing the loss to define them the Penguins are focused on ensuring it doesn't happen again. A year removed from being ousted in the first round by the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 Pittsburgh seemed to have exorcised its postseason demons with its march to the conference final. But the Penguins were swiftly swept leaving another impressive regular season without the validation that comes with a Stanley Cup. The players have tried to put last postseason behind them and focus on preparing for another run at a championship. "I think you have to get over it pretty quickly and realize that there's a long season ahead of us and we've got to learn from that" Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. "You can't dwell on it. So I think we've moved on." But the disappointment still comes to mind and the team plans to use it to improve. Forward Pascal Dupuis said the forwards cannot afford to put pressure on their defense by going through long goal droughts which were prevalent in the Boston series. "You lose in the first round you lose in the third round and you still lose you didn't accomplish your goal of winning the Stanley Cup" Dupuis said. "It's a goal every year to win it and this year is no different. Yes we're going to learn from last year the way we got beat there by Boston but it's a new year." An explosive offense that averaged 3.38 goals per game best in the NHL only mustered two goals in the conference final. Coach Dan Bylsma said he expects to use the turmoil the offense -- the power play in particular -- went through in that series to help avoid letting it affect Pittsburgh's play this season.
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