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The Penguins could look at the sweep they endured in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs this spring a couple of ways.

They could view being jettisoned from the postseason in four games by the Islanders as a bitter embarrassment that left indelible bruises on their collective psyche.

Or they could see it as a humbling comeuppance that exposed them as an underachieving group that had lost the drive that made them a Stanley Cup champion just two years earlier.

Equally attractive options, huh?

Make no mistake, Mike Sullivan remains keenly aware of all that happened -- and, in some cases, didn't happen -- during that most exasperating week in April.