Flashback to the spring of 2013. The playoffs were starting later than usual because of the work stoppage that led to a shortened 48-game season.
The Penguins rolled through the regular season with 36-12 record and the first overall seed in the Eastern Conference.
First up for the Penguins this postseason were the quick and speedy New York Islanders.
Penguins fans were hoping for some success after their catastrophic failure a year prior against the Philadelphia Flyers and Game 1 did not disappoint.
Sidney Crosby would be out of the lineup while still recovering from a broken jaw suffered a month prior, but would return to action in Game 2 of the series.
Beau Bennett kicked off the scoring with an early power-play goal before Pascal Dupuis extended the lead to 2-0.
Two quick second period goals from Kris Letang and Dupuis stretched it to 4-0. A Tanner Glass sighting goal made it 5-0 and the Penguins cruised through the third period to victory.
A 26-save shutout from Marc-Andre Fleury would be his only high point of the series, and his entire playoffs, really.
Three unanswered goals against in Game 2 would end upon tying the series at 1-1, and three unanswered goals in Game 4 would tie the series at 2-2. At this point Dan Bylsma would go to Tomas Vokoun in net, who would keep that spot through the Eastern Conference Final, save for being pulled in Game 2 of that series against the Bruins.