Pittsburgh Penguins Secure Spot in 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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It’s almost time for some playoff hockey!

Last night, for the seventh consecutive season, the Pittsburgh Penguins officially clinched a spot in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.  They are the first team in the Eastern Conference to do so with a record of 29-10-0 (and 58 points).

They secured a spot, in part, due to the Buffalo Sabres defeating the New Jersey Devils in a shootout by a score of 3-2.  Of course it also has a lot to do with the Penguins own merit as they had a perfect run in the month of March with a 15-game winning streak that drove them straight to the top of the conference.

The Chicago Blackhawks also earned a playoff spot last night as well with a win over the Nashville Predators by a score of 5-3.  Similar to the Penguins, they are the first team to do so in the Western Conference.

The Penguins only have nine more games left to play in the regular season (three of them being home games at the CONSOL Energy Center).  Their next game is on the road this coming Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes for their second of three meetings this season.  The Penguins fell to the Hurricanes by a score of 4-1 for their first meeting at PNC Arena.  Their final game with Carolina will come at the end of the month as the final [home] game of the regular season.

Stephanie Lewark is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.

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