Tim Benz: Penguins must parlay surprising regular season into extended playoff run

May 11—The 2021 Pittsburgh Penguins have significantly exceeded expectations. A lot of people — both inside of Pittsburgh and beyond — saw this season as a potential fallback year for the Pens. In a best-case scenario, many thought they’d claw their way into the playoffs as the fourth team from a crowded East Division. In a worst-case scenario, their consecutive run of playoff seasons would …