I was thinking about the Pens' playoff history over the years, and some startling facts came to mind:
Playoff record all time versus...
... Islanders: 0-3 (lost in 1974-75, 1981-82, and 1992-93)
... Maple Leafs: 0-3 (lost in 1975-76, 1976-77, and 1998-99)
... Canadiens: 0-2 (lost in 1997-98, and 2009-10)
A very real possibility exists for the Pens to reach the Finals by beating the Isles in the first round, followed by Toronto in the second, and then Montreal in the Eastern Final.
How sweet would that be to not only exorcise the demons of Healy and Volek, but then also beat the NHL's two most storied franchises to advance to the Finals? Even more amazing is the fact that we have an all-time playoff record of 0-8 in series against these teams.
This could turn out to be a post-season for the ages. Especially if we get to play Chicago for the Cup.