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Something the flightless birds weren't very good at this season: Winning games in regulation.
The funny thing is, excluding the Vancouver Canucks, the Penguins had more wins that any other team this year. Sounds great right? Not when 10 of them are in a shootout.
The NHL modified the tie-breaker for seeding before the beginning of the 2010-2011 season so that only regulation wins counted in tie-breakers. Pittsburgh had just as many points and more wins than the Philadelphia Flyers, but due to the lack of regulation wins, the Penguins were pushed down into the fourth seed.
The fifth seed Lightning and sixth seed Canadiens both had more regulation wins that the Penguins. To make matters even worse, from the beginning of February to the end of March, Pittsburgh had just five regulation wins. That's 26 games with only five wins outside of the shootout.
A win is worth two points regardless of when you win, but shootouts wont carry Pittsburgh to the Cup. After all, they become extinct once the regular season ends.