With the Penguins 4-3 overtime triumph at Scotiabank Place in Game 6 of their quarterfinals showdown with the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh advances to the semifinals round for the third consecutive season.
Now all that remains to be seen is who will be next in line for the Penguins.
The No. 4 Penguins and No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers have already advanced in the Eastern Conference, meaning six teams are still alive.
Top-seeded Washington leads its opening-round series, 3-2, over No. 8 Montreal, while No. 6 Boston has an edge, 3-2, over No. 3 Buffalo. Both series commence Monday at 7 p.m., which means Pittsburgh will have to wait at least two more days before their next opponent will be determined.
The only certainty is that Pittsburgh will not play Washington in the second round. Here are the following scenarios that could play out for the Penguins:
> If WASHINGTON and BUFFALO win their series: Penguins play Buffalo Sabres (home-ice advantage – Buffalo).
> If WASHINGTON and BOSTON win their series: Penguins play Boston Bruins (home-ice advantage – Pittsburgh).
> If MONTREAL and BUFFALO win their series: Penguins play Philadelphia Flyers (home-ice advantage – Pittsburgh).
> If MONTREAL and BOSTON win their series: Penguins play Montreal Canadiens (home-ice advantage – Pittsburgh).