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Video: Blackhawks clinch the Presidents’ Trophy

Apr 25, 2013, 12:39 AM EDT

The Chicago Blackhawks will go into the Stanley Cup playoffs as the league’s top regular season team.

The Blackhawks clinched the Presidents’ Trophy with a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night, improving their record to a staggering 35-6-5 and 75 points. Behind Chicago in the overall standings are the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Eastern Conference leaders, with 70 points and two games remaining in the season.

Goalie Ray Emery got credit for the win, however he left the game less than 14 minutes into the first period with what the club stated on Twitter was a “lower-body” injury. He did not return to the game. Corey Crawford was forced to make an appearance, but made 14 saves to preserve the victory for Emery.

Here is a video of Patrick Kane‘s winning goal against the Oilers.


  1. canucks30 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    The 2008-09 San Jose Sharks, 2009-10 Washington Capitals, and 2011-12 Vancouver Canucks all lost in the Conference Quarter-Finals after winning the Presidents’ Trophy.

    Detroit would be Chicago’s Round 1 opponent if the Playoffs started today…

    • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:52 AM

      People aren’t giving the Hawks enough credit for this. When Vancouver and Washington won it, they played in really weak divisions. None of the other teams in their division even made the playoffs. The year San Jose won it, Anaheim was the only other PAC team and they were the 8th seed. The other PAC teams were 3 of the bottom 4 in the west. When you’re playing bad teams more often, then you might get an extra 4 or 6 points.

      Chicago doesn’t fit that mold at all. 4 of the top 9 teams in the West are coming out of the Central. Honestly, to separate themselves as much as they have in such a short season is just incredible. Half their games were against those great Central teams. I’d love to see them get bounced early, but I just don’t think that’s going to be the case. Worst case scenario for them would probably be getting tangled up with the Blues in the second round. Maybe the Kings, too. But I doubt all the high seeds will win so it’s a stretch to think they’ll see the Kings in the second round. I just struggle to picture them missing the WCF in any other scenario.

      • canucks30 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:00 AM

        Playoff series between division rivals are always a pick em’. Detroit vs Chicago would be no different no matter what happened during the regular season. Especially in a short season like this I wouldn’t be surprised if we see any “upsets” with the amount of parity in the NHL.

  2. thehighcountrybear - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Oh! Oh!

    Saw the gypsy man, ‘way down in San Berdoo.
    Said, I saw the gypsy man, ‘way down in San Berdoo.
    Five dollars on the table, Ooh,
    Keep me ‘way from my tomb.
    Oh! Oh!

    Said I got thirteen months of bad luck,
    Bound to be some pain.
    Don’t you do no trav’lin’,
    Fly in no machines.
    Tombstone Shadow, stretchin’ across my path.
    Ev’ry time I get some good news, Ooh,
    There’s a shadow on my back…

    • canucks30 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:58 AM


    • shwoogy1 - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      The Bear has been hittin the meth pretty hard again.

  3. canucks30 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    The last team to put up a staggering regular season point total en route to the Presidents’ Trophy (2005-06 Detroit Red Wings with 124 points) also lost in the first round.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:26 AM

      The Wings also won the president trophy by 7 points in 2008, and then went on to win the Stanley Cup. People act like it’s been decades since anyone’s done both. As a Pens fan, if they do make the cup the last team I want to see on the other bench is Chicago, president’s trophy or not. They are without a doubt the best team in hockey this season.

    • thehighcountrybear - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:05 AM

      Congratulations Hawks…an impressive and worthy season to be sure!

      Don’t let itinerant Canucks supporters dampen your achievement; aside from evident conditions of serious Cup envy among others, their final arguments always come down to statistics, these formulated in contemplative thought conjured while gazing into the empty reaches of Rogers Arena…

      Lands he could measure, terms and tides presage,
      And e’en the story ran that he could gauge.

      In arguing too, the parson own’d his skill,
      For e’en though vanquish’d he could argue still;

      And still they gaz’d and still the wonder grew,
      That one small head could carry all he knew.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      Is it really that staggering when second place is still just five points back?

  4. sjsharks66 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Later Hawks. You just won the wrong trophy. Great season though. 😉

  5. blomfeld - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Achtung Chicago !

    Congrats on your new “paper-mache” trophy and God speed to you people …

  6. jhuck92 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    If this President’s trophy doesn’t earn Quennville Coach of the Year, I don’t know what will.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:27 AM

      Boudreau getting Anaheim to a 2 seed in the west, Therrien getting Montreal into 2nd/3rd best record in the East, and MacLean getting Ottawa to the playoffs without their 2 top skaters aren’t going to be easy to beat. There has been some really incredible coaching this season, so Q is gonna have some pretty tough competition.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      As much as I’d like to see Quenneville honored, I’m pretty much with CoF on this. It’s Boudreau’s to lose.

  7. hammerhead5573 - Apr 25, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    So if if I understand all you professional hockey players correctly, since the Hawks won the presidents trophy they are guaranteed to lose in the playoffs. Well heck they should just not show up then if that’s the case. I don’t care what team you are on, if you don’t play smart you don’t win. In a 7 game series I will take the Hawks over most all teams any day of the week

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      Indirect “you’ve never played” + nickname = Niklas, is that you? :)

      Agreed, by the way.

  8. pone27 - Apr 25, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Go Hawks!!

    Most serious Hawks fans would tell you that the top concern us fans heading into the season was Crawford. Should he maintain a solid season we would be in great shape.

    Well, prayers were answered, along with Emery helping, here we are.

    The Cup is for the Hawks to lose.

    Hawks fans, One Goal!!!!!

  9. comeonnowguys - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Come on, no video of Crawford’s save on Eberle? Foley was so surprised he couldn’t even put a catchphrase together!

  10. dt58 - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Hahaha. “Because you won the regular season then you will lose in the first round”. That sounds very similar to “if you step on a spider, it’ll rain”… Got some real geniuses here eh?

  11. micasa81 - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Congrats Hawks, I do loathe you, but…you are the team to beat this year, even with a healthy Pittsburgh.

    And BTW, the President’s Trophy Curse is also known as “mathematical probability”. Doesn’t change the fact that the Hawks are the odds-on favorites.

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