The Pittsburgh Penguins, who are preparing for their annual outdoor wedding banquet for the first time in 20 years, have a lot to live up to in their inaugural season.
The team won its first playoff series since 2003 by defeating the St. Louis Blues in the Eastern Conference finals, but their playoff fate was all but sealed when they lost to the Boston Bruins in the conference finals.
The Penguins won the Stanley Cup three years in a row from 1997-2001 but were eliminated in the first round by the New Jersey Devils.
The most memorable moment in Pittsburgh history came during the 2004 Stanley Cup final, when defenseman Marc-Andre Fleury, who played for the Penguins from 2006-10, scored his second career playoff goal, and then Sidney Crosby made it all happen.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won three straight playoff series, including a 2-1 series win over the New York Rangers in the Stanley Series in 2011.
The new-look Penguins had a great season in 2015-16, with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang scoring the most goals in franchise history.
They also had the league’s second-best power play and fifth-best penalty kill, and won a playoff series for the fourth time in six years.
Pittsburgh has won nine of its last 11 playoff series against the visiting New York Islanders, who have won seven of their last nine regular season games against the Penguins.
They also beat the Pittsburgh Senators in overtime in Game 5 of the Stanley Final.
The New York Red Bulls beat the Penguins 3-2 in the series finale on Sunday.