PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) — The Penguins first had to take care of their own business — and they did.
They beat the Buffalo Sabres in a 1-0 Saturday afternoon match in their season closer.
The Pens took care of things on their end, and it was enough to become unreachable for the Washington Capitals biting at their heels.
The Capitals beat the Flyers Saturday night in overtime, but the tie-breakers are now in Pittsburgh’s favor.
Washington still has a game left and could ultimately end the campaign with the same number of points and regulation wins as the Penguins, both with 77 and 29, respectively.
That’s if the Capitals win their closer against the Boston Bruins Tuesday, however.
But still, the second tie-breaker for divisional titles would fall upon regulation wins plus overtime wins, which falls in favor of Pittsburgh, who has a 34-32 edge over the Capitals.
So there you have it.
The Penguins have won the East Division title with a 37-16-3 record in an abbreviated season; it’s the ninth time in franchise history they've won the division, in fact.
But it’s the first time since the 2013-2014 campaign.
Onto the playoffs, the Penguins will either take on the Bruins or New York Islanders in Round One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Both northeastern teams have games remaining, which carries implications on the playoff seeding.
The official schedule is in the pipeline but will be out sometime after all the remaining games wrap up.