Caps Win Metro, Again

Pens turn focus to getting home ice in first round

Jeff Hathhorn
April 02, 2018 - 12:00 pm
Evgeni Malkin at practice

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The last two years the Pens won the Stanley Cup, while Washington won the Metropolitan Division.  Sunday night in Pittsburgh, the Caps again won the division.

“We never win the division,” Evgeni Malkin said.  “It’s not the first time.  It’s not a surprise.  We’re fine.  Now the focus is having the first round here.”

Matt Murray with one of the great clichés of our time; “it is what it is”.

 “I haven’t really given it much thought to be honest with you,” said head coach Mike Sullivan said about winning the Metro  “We’re in this for the ultimate goal.  Would it be nice to win a division?  Yeah, it would be.  We’re not really focused on anything other than that one game in front of us trying to become the best team that we become that’s going to put us in the possible position to attain the ultimate goal.  That’s what our eyes are set on.”

There is work to do for the Pens to even finish second and get home ice for the first round of the post-season.  Currently two points up on Columbus and Philadelphia and three points ahead of New Jersey, however each of those teams has played one less game than the Pens.

The regular season closes this weekend.  The Penguins play their final road game at the Blue Jackets on Thursday and then their home finale Friday against Ottawa.

“You always want to win, but at the same time what can you do about it right now,” said forward Patric Hornqvist.  “This is what the year has been for us and we know we can play better.  And we will.”