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PHN Extra: Getting It Wrong On Penguins’ Playoff Promise

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Pittsburgh Penguins Washington Capitals
Wrong side of handshakes. - Icon Sportswire

PITTSBURGH — I can admit when I got it wrong.

Since the end of Game 4 at PPG Paints Arena, I wrote about how the Capitals were primed for another collapse and how the Penguins were just hitting their playoff stride.

Hopefully we’re playing by baseball rules and I get a third swing at this thing.

First of all, full marks to Washington, because obviously I didn’t think Barry Trotz’s boys had it in them to pull it out, especially after Nicklas Bäckström was ruled out of Game 6. 

However — and maybe it’s because of where I live and the team I cover — but I found myself wondering throughout Monday night how the Penguins could’ve been so disjointed as the team with the vastly superior Stanley Cup playoff experience.

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A lifelong hockey addict, Matt has been fortunate enough to make his career in his sport of choice, working in high school, juniors, college and the pros in various multimedia roles. Previous to joining PHN, Matt was a credentialed Penguins/NHL beat reporter for the past two seasons, including coverage of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. He signed on with PHN in Feb. 2018 as co-owner, contributing commentary and analysis in various forms.

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