Three hundred and 11 days after coach Paul MacLean admitted they were “schooled” by the Penguins in the second round of the 2013 playoffs, another Senators season came to an end at Consol Energy Center.

This time, of course, Ottawa didn’t even make it to the classes that are the NHL post-season tournament. This time, the Senators bowed away after a terribly disappointing regular season that sees them finish 11th in the 15-team Eastern Conference.

This season, no matter how its dressed up in the next couple of days, the Senators were failures.

With the return to health of stars Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson, the Senators thought they were ready to take the next step - why else would they trade two promising prospects and a first round pick for sniper Bobby Ryan otherwise - but instead took a stride backwards.

Their 37-31-14 record may not look so ugly, but it left them five points shy of being able to play for the Stanley Cup. And even though they’ve now missed the playoffs for three times in six years, having to go home after Game 82 is still unacceptable in a city that saw its team qualify for the big dance 11 straight seasons before that.

GM Bryan Murray has some tough decisions that were probably made a little tougher by the fact the Senators finished 2013-14 with a flurry.

In outlasting the Penguins with a 3-2 shootout victory Sunday night, the Senators won their season high fifth straight game.

“Winning the last five (I’m) certainly very proud of that effort and that character to finish the way we did, to push right to the end,” said Chris Phillips.

Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza scored shootout goals, while Robin Lehner gave up zip in winning the shootout.

“I guess we’re as happy as you can be without making the playoffs,” said Turris who scored his team-leading 26th of the season. “We finished strong, we finished the way we wanted to, we won out but it’s still a frustrating year.”

Mark Stone also scored for Ottawa during regulation time.

Jussi Jokinen and Lee Stepniak were the Penguins to solve Robin Lehner, who made 26 saves.

“I thought the guys pulled together the last little bit here and tried to end the season on a good note. The way we played back since the Dallas game, that’s the way we should play,” said Lehner.