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"I think it’s obvious that I’m going to keep an open mind to making some changes, and I will make some changes," Rutherford told reporters. "I can’t give you a definite answer on who that’s going to be right now and exactly which positions, but we’re a good team. We will be a good team going forward.

Goaltender Matt Murray was usually crisp but not dominant. The scoring depth that made the Penguins an impossibly tough out vanished this time around. Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel did not register a point at even strength against Washington.

"We’re a good team," Rutherford said. "And we will be a good team going forward. We’ll have a chance to win again. We have the nucleus to do that, and we also have the pieces in place that are players that other teams are going to want that we’re going to be able to make those changes."

DINGED UP: Pittsburgh, as is hockey tradition, had several players make a go of it in the playoffs despite undisclosed or non-characterized injuries that limited their effectiveness. The group includes Kessel, Malkin and Brassard. Kessel picked up a career-high 92 points while playing in every single game for the eighth straight season, but he had just one goal in 12 playoff games. Sullivan allowed that Kessel was dealing with a health issue but added, "It was nothing significant, I can tell you that."

Penguins rookie Zach Aston-Reese, who broke his jaw and suffered a concussion following an illegal hit by Washington’s Tom Wilson in Game 2 and is currently eating lots of ice cream, sidestepped when asked if the three-game suspension Wilson received was enough but does feel it was a positive step.

SPRING SPRONG?: Pittsburgh kept forward Daniel Sprong in the minors for most of the year, and he responded by scoring a club-rookie record 32 goals for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. It didn’t earn him a promotion during the postseason. That likely won’t be the case next season, when the 21-year-old will be given every chance to make the team out of camp.

"I think it’s obvious that I’m going to keep an open mind to making some changes, and I will make some changes," Rutherford told reporters. "I can’t give you a definite answer on who that’s going to be right now and exactly which positions, but we’re a good team. We will be a good team going forward.

Goaltender Matt Murray was usually crisp but not dominant. The scoring depth that made the Penguins an impossibly tough out vanished this time around. Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel did not register a point at even strength against Washington.

"We’re a good team," Rutherford said. "And we will be a good team going forward. We’ll have a chance to win again. We have the nucleus to do that, and we also have the pieces in place that are players that other teams are going to want that we’re going to be able to make those changes."

DINGED UP: Pittsburgh, as is hockey tradition, had several players make a go of it in the playoffs despite undisclosed or non-characterized injuries that limited their effectiveness. The group includes Kessel, Malkin and Brassard. Kessel picked up a career-high 92 points while playing in every single game for the eighth straight season, but he had just one goal in 12 playoff games. Sullivan allowed that Kessel was dealing with a health issue but added, "It was nothing significant, I can tell you that."

Penguins rookie Zach Aston-Reese, who broke his jaw and suffered a concussion following an illegal hit by Washington’s Tom Wilson in Game 2 and is currently eating lots of ice cream, sidestepped when asked if the three-game suspension Wilson received was enough but does feel it was a positive step.

SPRING SPRONG?: Pittsburgh kept forward Daniel Sprong in the minors for most of the year, and he responded by scoring a club-rookie record 32 goals for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. It didn’t earn him a promotion during the postseason. That likely won’t be the case next season, when the 21-year-old will be given every chance to make the team out of camp.