The situation looked dire.
On the road.
Down a game.
Starting a goalie that hadn't been on the ice for an opening faceoff in nearly six weeks.
Yet the Pittsburgh Penguins responded the way they've always responded since Mike Sullivan took over as head coach nearly 18 months ago: like champions.
Their 3-2 victory over Ottawa in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night provided yet another reminder of both Sullivan's expert button-pushing and his team's ability to brush off listless performances and react by playing with the kind of efficient brilliance that is difficult to match let alone beat.
Instead of flying home on the brink...