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Canucks win Northwest Division thanks to Calgary’s loss to Dallas

Mar 24, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks have been in the driver’s seat of the Northwest Division all season long and proved it today by not having to do a thing to win the division.

Dallas’ 4-1 win over Calgary was good enough to clinch the top spot in the Northwest for the fourth straight year for Vancouver and fifth time in six years.

The Flames were the last team that had a shot at dethroning Vancouver, but after dropping yet another important game for their own playoff hopes, the best they’ll hope for is either seventh or eighth in the West. Colorado could conceivably finish tied with Vancouver points-wise, but would lose out on any and all tiebreakers.

Now the Canucks are locked into a top-three seed in the Western Conference playoffs and can focus their attention on trying to catch the St. Louis Blues for the top spot in the West as well as for the Presidents’ Trophy. Of course, to do that they’ll actually have to win some games and not hope for the Blues to lose their way into second place.

  1. interiorfan - Mar 24, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Nice read, Joe. You’d think the Canucks hadn’t done a thing all season. They didn’t win the Northwest for the fifth time in six years by losing their way to the top. They may not be playing well these days but they are still a talented, deep, dangerous team with two goaltenders capable of stealing games.

  2. cup0pizza - Mar 24, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Great and BADLY NEEDED regulation win for Dallas! Kari Lehtonen was terrific under duress in this one.

  3. geostrophically - Mar 24, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Weak division is weak. Vancouver Canucks of course would win the division.
    Just watch, the Canucks might be once again the only team out of their division to head to the playoffs.

    If only the other teams could step it up, this division wouldn’t be so boring.

    • interiorfan - Mar 25, 2012 at 12:45 AM

      I don’t actually think the Canucks/Avs game tonight has been what you would call boring….beats the heck out of the Leafs/Rangers game earlier.

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