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Canucks win second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy

Apr 8, 2012, 12:47 AM EDT

Roberto Luongo AP

It took a bit of luck but, for the second straight year, Vancouver will enter the playoffs as the NHL’s top seed.

The Canucks beat Edmonton 3-0 on Saturday to capture the 2012 Presidents’ Trophy — though they did get some help along the way. A series of fortunate results (St. Louis’ 4-1 loss to Phoenix on Friday night, the Rangers’ 4-1 home defeat to Washington on Saturday) gave Vancouver control of its own fate heading into the Oilers game.

And to their credit, the Canucks took full advantage.

Henrik Sedin scored what would prove to be the game-winner midway through the second, his 14th goal of the year, before Samuel Pahlsson and David Booth added insurance markers in the third. Roberto Luongo stopped all 17 shots he faced for his fifth shutout of the year — his highest shutout total since 2008-09 — and barely broke a sweat in a game Vancouver dominated. The Canucks out-shot the Oilers by 25 on the night, including a 12-shot dispartiy (17 to five) in the opening frame.

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Some notes about the Presidents’ Trophy win:

– Vancouver becomes the first team to win back-to-back Presidents’ Trophies since Dallas did it in 1997-98 and 1998-99. (Note: Detroit won in 2003-04 and 2005-06, missing the year between due of the lockout.)

– Since the NHL began handing out the Presidents’ Trophy in 1985-86, only seven teams have gone on to win the Stanley Cup: Edmonton (1986-87), Calgary (1988-89), New York Rangers (1993-94), Dallas (1998-99), Colorado (2000-01), Detroit (2001-02) and Detroit again (2007-08).

– Last year, the Canucks became the first team to win the Presidents’ Trophy and lose in the Stanley Cup finals since the 1995 Red Wings.

  1. swizzler16 - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    The best team in hockey, 2 years running.

    • bobhpine - Apr 8, 2012 at 1:00 AM

      I’m gonna go out on a limb and say Boston was the best team in hockey last year…they give out this big trophy to signify that…as for this year, the Canucks will blow it again, dont worry

      • elvispocomo - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:27 PM

        Boston was the best team in the SCF last year. That doesn’t mean they get to stay the best as a de facto argument. Considering the most recent (yet not as important overall) hardware given out, the Canucks have been the best team in hockey this season.

        Vancouver and it’s fans are hardly happy enough with the President’s trophy to just take the rest of the year off, we’ll have to see what team steps it up in the playoffs – not to mention staying healthy enough to win 16.

    • tradebait9 - Apr 8, 2012 at 1:02 AM

      The best teams the past two years were 2010 Chicago Blackhawks and 2011 Boston Bruins. both Stanley Cup Champions.

    • polegojim - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      Ditto bob and trade… Canucks can keep enjoying that Presidents Trophy.

      Hurray…… flop.

      Enjoy kissing your sister.

    • mgp1219 - Apr 8, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      best REGULAR SEASON team in hockey 2 years running, you mean, don’t you?

  2. taytay099 - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    I just want to see them win a Cup already. Tired of hearing “This is the year” every September.

    • polegojim - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      Exactly – WAY too much talent to come up empty…

      We’re starting to see the stress on players like Luongo. They’re tired of the perenial ‘ultimate failure’ and want to finally WIN or move on.

      They’re starting to ‘disbelieve’.

  3. Christian Bullock - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Woo! Go Canucks go!

  4. elvispocomo - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Congrats Vancouver, now to follow it up with one more postseason win than last year.

  5. bmoreredfury311 - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    EVERYONE RIOT !!!!!

  6. bobhpine - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Vancouver wins again…that’s a riot

  7. blomfeld - Apr 8, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Congratulations to the Vancouver Canucks !
    ————————————————————

    Let praise be given where praise has been earned. As you know friends, I’ve maintained all along here that the Canucks are without a doubt “the” team to beat … and lo and behold they’re the top seed again ! Well that’s just “groovy man” as far as we LA Kings fans are concerned. Tonight I was actually praying for our Kings to lose so that we can get down to business here without further ado … suffice it to say that round one can’t now come soon enough ! Happy Easter everybody ! :)

  8. charliereno - Apr 8, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    The President’s Trophy doesn’t mean a damn thing if you can’t follow it up with a Stanley Cup. And we all know that championships are Vancouver’s kryptonite.

    • kitshky - Apr 8, 2012 at 4:59 AM

      What I find interesting is that only people pretending that anyone is putting too much value in a Presidents Trophy … are fans of teams that didnt win it.

      I’ve yet to hear anyone out of Vancouver being anything except focused on the playoffs.

      • polegojim - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:27 AM

        The only teams that place THAT much value on the Presidents Trophy are those who haven’t won the Stanley Cup.

        When you have a Championship Banner hanging from your rafters, you’ll understand. Until then, I suppose…. enjoy the trophy.

        Everyone who loves the game of hockey is ‘focused’ on the playoffs. Means nothing unless its combined with actually winning the final series.

      • kitshky - Apr 8, 2012 at 3:47 PM

        …and you’ve clearly missed my point, which was kind of my point.

        No one in Vancouver puts value on the Presidents “Trophy” except for what it is, home ice advantage.

  9. babar61 - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    It does mean home ice advantage throughout the entire playoffs. Now, that didn’t work out so well last year but still.

  10. paperlions - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Would Vancouver have the most points if they played in a division packed with other good teams (e.g. Atlantic or Central). I rather doubt it. There are 7 or 8 other teams in the NHL that probably could have put up 111+ pts if they were the lone good team in that cupcake division.

    • blomfeld - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      an excellent point which is constantly swept under the rug here in Vancouver … over the years, playing 8 x games against the likes of Calgary, Edmonton, Minnesota and Colorado has equated to 32 games or 64 “gimme” points every year for the Canucks … I would submit that that and that alone, is the main reason why the Canucks have been able to amass such impressive seasonal stats …

      • mikeinvan - Apr 8, 2012 at 1:58 PM

        Although it’s true that the Nux play in a weak division, they have still beat the leagues elite teams. They scored 4 PPG’s while beating Boston in an epic rematch of last years cup final. They’ve also beat Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis. You better hope that your team(s) don’t take this team as lightly as you do, because this is a very good team and they beat you in many different ways.

    • bcousy - Apr 8, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      Like the mighty Northeast, where Boston has feasted on non-playoff entrants Toronto, Montreal, Buffalo, and No. 8 seed Ottawa. No one is discounting the Bruins based on the quality of their division, right? Sometimes you can have a good team despite playing in a weak division, which the Bruins and Canucks each proved last season in the SCF.

    • elvispocomo - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      Hm, it didn’t seem to work out that way for Boston this year. The Canadiens couldn’t win to save their life, Buffalo was closer to the cup before adding tens of millions to their salary, and the Leafs imploded like normal. At least Ottawa made 8th, so the Bruins must have had some easy games this year, right? The Northeast was hardly a bunch of world beaters, yet people are still very happy to put them as one of the favourites.

      Certainly the Central and Atlantic are the most competitive right now, but the Northwest used to be possibly the toughest division in hockey. I’d have to wonder how well those Atlantic teams would do with the increased travel of playing in the Central or Northwest, as well.

  11. stratomaticfan - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    I wonder if they’re planning their parade…just like last year.

    • blomfeld - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      not sure about that ? … however I can tell you that sales of fire accelerant have recently been going through the roof here in Vancouver ? :)

  12. bigtganks - Apr 8, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    The problem with the presidents trophy is just that. A trophy that’s pointless. Canucks get mocked for trying to be the top seed in the playoffs. That’s what everyone’s playing for; not a trophy. Any team in the league would try for home ice throughout. It just so happens a dumb trophy comes with it. Does anyone mock the best regular season nfl, MLB, nba team? I wish the NHL did away with the trophy for just that.

  13. rico33rd - Apr 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Finish first and have to play the 40 & 27 Kings. Not much of an advantage in a best of 7. Maybe warrants a first round bye in an 82 game schedule.

  14. 8man - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    They are good. But do they have the grit necessary to win the Cup?

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