The Penguins won a hockey game Tuesday night and, in the process, clinched the Atlantic Division championship.

That's a significant feat, and their first such title since 2008.

Good luck distinguishing the aftermath of their 5-3 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena, which also locked up no worse than the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, from any of the 29 wins that preceded it.

There was no undue whooping, no sheets of plastic strung in front of lockers to protect their contents from the spray of carbonated liquids.

Yes, the Penguins were pleased with what they had achieved. Maybe even a bit satisfied.

But in keeping with hockey custom, they did not make a public display of it.

"If it was baseball, we'd be celebrating right now, champagne and stuff," defenseman Brooks Orpik said. "A little different culture, I guess."

The lack of revelry aside, winning the Atlantic was one of the Penguins' regular-season priorities. Doing it with more than two weeks left in the regular season makes the achievement that much more impressive.

"It's been a priority for us to look at being the top team in the division," coach Dan Bylsma said. "To be able to do that with eight games left in the season, I think that's a pretty big accomplishment for this team."