High expectations weigh on Pens

Pressure rises as memories of 2009 Stanley Cup win fade in Pittsburgh

Updated: April 17, 2014, 10:53 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- No matter how you define success, how you manage expectations or how you rationalize the past, this stands as a spring of reckoning for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

That's what happens when you have the world's best player in Sidney Crosby and a deep, talented supporting cast. Each spring is a championship waiting to happen.

That the Penguins have not advanced to the Stanley Cup finals since winning the championship in 2009 reinforces just how monumental the task is to ...

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