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Penguins clinch round of home-ice advantage, keep Holtby at 47 wins

Braden Holtby

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) reacts after a goal by Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


The Pittsburgh Penguins are finishing the 2015-16 season on an astounding pace, and their reward is at least one round of home-ice advantage.

They clinched as much merely by grabbing a point against the Washington Capitals, yet Sidney Crosby’s overtime goal grabbed Pittsburgh a 4-3 overtime win.

With that, Braden Holtby stays at 47 wins this season, one short of tying Martin Brodeur’s single-season record.

This could very well ruin Holtby’s chances of eclipsing Brodeur:

Now, the question is, who will the Penguins face in the first round? The New York Islanders completed their first-ever season sweep of the New York Rangers on Thursday, and took the third seed in the Metropolitan Division in the process.

At least for now.