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Sullivan came to Pittsburgh for this playoff run

Apr 9, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

Kris Letang, Steve Sullivan, Evgeni Malkin AP

At the age of 37, this is far from Steve Sullivan’s first time in the playoffs, but something is different now. The Pittsburgh Penguins have big expectations attached to them going into the postseason, which is something he’s less accustomed to.

In Sullivan’s experience, the first practice of the postseason was brought out a lot of feelings in players because “you were just so excited to get in and see what happens from there.” In Pittsburgh, the expectations are so high that the transition to the playoffs isn’t as noteworthy emotionally.

“Today is just another day at the job,” Sullivan said.

He came to Pittsburgh because he thought they might be the team that he would finally win the Stanley Cup with, and that’s certainly possible. The team is loaded with star talent, including Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Kris Letang, and Marc-Andre Fleury.

“Everyone says it the first day of training camp, `Our goal is to win the Stanley Cup’,” Sullivan said. “But there’s only a few teams that can honestly believe that and we’re one of those teams.”

The problem is that their first round opponent, the Philadelphia Flyers, are another one of those teams that went into this season with a genuine belief that they would be a serious Cup contender. The Flyers have been through a lot since then, but they still look like a team that can give the Penguins a run for their money.

Sullivan has only made it past the first round twice in his career. He has his work cut out for him if he wants to get to the Conference Semi-Finals for the third time.

  1. GenoPringles - Apr 9, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Good for Sully!! He is obviously a smart guy for coming to the Pens. I almost feel bad for Jagr right now, because if he wasn’t so poor, this could have been him. It’s a shame for a guy his age to have to keep playing just to make ends meet.

    • wyosig - Apr 9, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      I think Philly deposits his checks directly into the cage of the nearest casino

  2. phillyphan83 - Apr 9, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    hahahaha jagrs just trying to make ends meet??? omg you’re sch a d-bag geno

    • steelcityfranchise - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      It has been well-documented over the past several years that Jags has experienced significant financial struggles due primarily to a gambling problem and unpaid taxes. Not trying to be a jerk but it is true.

      Now if he had re-embraced The Franchise in his return to the NHL, he would be hitting all kinds of bonuses this year when The Franchise takes Lord Stanley`s Cup.

  3. philly4lyfe - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    At least he’s accustomed to losing in the 1st round so it won’t be a huge let down when it happens again.

  4. vshehane - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Philly4lyfe, you are just an A hole pure and simple. And I am not a Pens fan.

  5. philly4lyfe - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    So by expressing my opinion about a sports team in a comment of a sports article about said sports team makes me an ahole? How do you figure? At least I’m keeping it in topic, unlike pens fans talking about rumors of players they think might be in financial trouble. Funny you don’t say anything about that. All I said was that his previous experiences of losing in the first round will serve him well, as I believe his team will be going out in the 1st round again this year.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      “I believe his team will be going out in the 1st round again this year.” keep it up! the more you tell yourself, the more you’ll really believe it and the worse it will be if you’re wrong.

  6. dsg1616 - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Silly me, i thought this was an article about Sullivan

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