The next time the Pens have a chance to go for their 16th win, it will be much, much more important.
The winning streak was gonna end. That was pretty much a given. The only question was how exactly it was gonna end. When Chicago's points streak ended, it went down in flames against Colorado. For anyone who still wants to have a streak boner, the Pens have won 14 straight games with Crosby in the lineup, and MAF still has a streak, so there's that.
And there's this:
Any immediate disappointment over the streak ending is instantly replaced with the realization of how awesome the final month of the season is going to be. While the Pens playoff spot is (basically) safely secure, the bottom of the East is nuts. And the Pens will have a ton of influence on how it shapes up. Out of their final 11 games, 9 of those are against teams in playoff contention: Rangers(2), Hurricanes(2), Habs(1), Bruins(1), Sabres(1), Senators(1), Devils(1).
The fun begins with two against the Rangers to close out this week.
But first the streak gets laid to rest.