Fifteen years ago today, a young Penguins team took a big step, punching their ticket to the 2008 Stanley Cup Final with a 6-0 blowout win against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Final.
The Penguins had been running roughshod through the Eastern Conference, having swept the Ottawa Senators 4-0 and dispatched the New York Rangers 4-1.
Up next in the Conference Final were the Pens’ cross-state rival Flyers, and the Penguins jumped out to a 3-0 series victory before the Flyers won Game 4, sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5.
However, in that fifth game of the series, the Penguins left no doubt, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first ten minutes of the game, not looking back and winning the game 6-0.
What a team that group of Penguins was, seemingly unstoppable — until they ran into the vaunted 2008 Red Wings, but we all know how much Pittsburgh would learn from that Cup Final.