I wasn't surprised when I read that the Pens are 0-6 under Dan Bylsma when having the chance to win a series on home ice. I knew it had been a long time since the Black and Gold cheered after going through the handshake line on Consol Energy Center ice or that of the Mellon Arena(a.k.a Civic Arena, Igloo, house that Mario built, w/e). Then I realized, they've NEVER done this in the CEC.
It's shocking when you consider that the last time the Pens won a series on home ice was May 18th, 2008, when the Pens hammered the rival Flyers 6-0 at the Mellon Arena in a Game 5, series-clinching victory that would send us to an ill-fated Stanley Cup matchup with the Detroit Red Wings. From a time capsule sort of perspective, the American president at that time was George W. Bush.
Six opportunities and five years later, we're back in the Steel City again, ready to end another team's playoff run while we continue our own. Will the 7th time be the charm?