Bruins claim Presidents' Trophy for first time since '89-90 season
AP April 14, 2014, 12:03 am TWN
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins clinched the NHL's best record and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs with a 4-1 win over the league-worst Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.
It is the first time the Bruins have claimed the Presidents' Trophy since the 1989-90 season.
David Krejci scored two goals, Patrice Bergeron netted his 30th of the season, one fewer than his career high set in 2005-06, and Gregory Campbell got his eighth.
Cody Hodgson scored for Buffalo.
Sabres goalie Matt Hackett was taken from the ice on a stretcher after Boston defenseman Torey Krug fell on his right leg with 11:35 left. He was replaced by Connor Knapp, who allowed Krejci's second goal one minute later.
It is the second time the Bruins have won the Presidents' Trophy, given to the NHL team with the most regular-season points, since the award was instituted for the 1985-86 season.
Ducks 4, Kings 3, SO Devante Smith-Pelly scored his first goal in regulation since Halloween, then got the only goal in the shootout as Anaheim secured the top seed for the Western Conference playoffs.
Nick Bonino and Matt Beleskey also scored in regulation and Frederik Andersen stopped 27 shots for the Ducks, who will face Dallas in the opening round of the postseason.
Anze Kopitar had two goals, including the tying on with 3:12 left in the third period, and Dustin Brown also scored for Los Angeles. The Kings fell short of getting their franchise-record 47th win in their regular-season finale.
Both local rivals scored in the final 5 minutes of regulation, and Smith-Pelly then beat Jonathan Quick in the fourth round of the shootout.
Flyers 4, Penguins 3, OT Mark Streit beat Marc-Andre Fleury 2:10 into overtime to lift Philadelphia over Pittsburgh and set up a first-round playoff matchup with the New York Rangers.
Streit's backhand shot from the right circle caromed between Fleury's pads and into the net as the Flyers clinched third place in the Metropolitan Division.
Jakub Voracek scored twice for the Flyers, and Claude Giroux added his team-high 28th goal of the season. Ray Emery made 12 saves after replacing injured starter Steve Mason to start the third period.
Jussi Jokinen, James Neal and Kris Letang scored for the Penguins. Fleury stopped 17 shots and hardly looked sharp while giving up the game-winner.
Letang scored in the final minute of regulation to force overtime after Giroux gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead with 1:15 left.
Canadiens 1, Rangers 0, OT Brian Gionta scored on a penalty shot at 2:04 of overtime to allow Montreal to finish the regular season with 100 points.
Gionta was awarded the shot after he poked the puck away from Raphael Diaz and then was tripped by the defenseman on a breakaway. He deked to the backhand to beat Cam Talbot on the shot.
Carey Price made 41 saves as Montreal moved past Tampa Bay for second place in the Atlantic Division.
The Lightning can still claim home ice advantage for their first round playoff meeting versus Montreal with a victory on their final game Sunday against Washington.
The Rangers have home ice for the first round.
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