What was once inevitable has now become reality. The Vancouver Canucks have cinched their first Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday evening.
Whether it was going to be tonight against the Kings or Saturday against the Oilers, the Canucks were on a path towards obtaining that Presidents’ Trophy. As of Thursday night they stand with a record of 52-17-9, which leads to a total of 113 points.
The next closest team is the Philadelphia Flyers who have 102 points and have played one fewer game than the Canucks. It was the Flyers’ loss that enabled the Canucks to clinch the Presidents’ Trophy with their victory Thursday night.
The Canucks’ Presidents’ Trophy wasn’t the only milestone celebrated Thursday night. Daniel Sedin, the current leading scorer in the NHL notched his 100th point of the season with a goal and an assist.
So, to recap, the Canucks came away from Thursday night’s contest with the Kings a Presidents’ Trophy, first place finish in the entire NHL, the best record in the league, the privilege of home-ice advantage for as long their play-off run lasts, and the league’s first 100 point scorer this season. Not bad for a night’s work, eh?
It’s been a pretty remarkable campaign for the Canucks so far this season. Not only did they just take home their first Presidents’ Trophy in team history but they have also achieved franchise records in wins with 52 and also number of road wins with 26. They still have four more games left to play to add to those totals.
It’s hard to argue that the Canucks are currently one of the leagues hottest teams as they’re on a current hot streak winning five games in a row. Teams who clinch play-off berths early sometimes tend to slow down and take it easy going into the play-offs. Not these Canucks. They’re just steamrolling through the competition and seem ready to take on whoever their first round opponent will be.
Play-off season is going to be quite the exciting time for Canuck fans. Hope you enjoy the ride.