With one trophy down, the Blackhawks now will shift their focus to grabbing the ultimate prize. The Hawks clinched the Presidents' Trophy — awarded to the team with the most points in the NHL during the regular season — when they defeated the Oilers 4-1 on Wednesday night at Rexall Place in Edmonton. "It's a pretty cool accomplishment," captain Jonathan Toews said. "To start out … the season 40-some games ago and have the start we had and to keep playing that way consistently is an amazing thing for our team." With two games remaining, the Hawks (37-6-5) now only have to concentrate on getting healthy and remaining that way before the Western Conference playoffs begin next week. They will have home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists, Toews, Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya also scored and Corey Crawford was strong in goal after replacing Ray Emery, who left during the opening period with a lower-body injury. Crawford was stellar, including making a brilliant point-blank glove save on Jordan Eberle in the second period. The two points gave the Hawks 75 and no other team in the league can catch them in the waning days of the season. It's the first time since 1990-91 that the Hawks have won the Presidents' Trophy. "It's important," Crawford said. "This whole organization, we strive for the best and the guys battled hard this year. It's definitely a great achievement. We just have to keep this momentum going for the playoffs." Michal Handzus added two assists as the Hawks made a loser of Oilers netminder Devan Dubnyk. Nail Yakupov had the goal for Edmonton. "That was a good win," said Sharp, who returned from a five-game absence because of a left shoulder injury. "We kind of limited their chances as best we could. They still had a few but it was a big win."
Hawks clinch Presidents' Trophy with 4-1 win over Oilers
Chicago Tribune | Apr 25