Vancouver Canucks win Presidents' Trophy with 3-0 victory over Oilers
The Vancouver Canucks have secured the home-team advantage for as long as they last in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.
With tonight's 3-0 win at home over the Edmonton Oilers, the Canucks have captured the Presidents' Trophy for the second consecutive year for winning the most points during the regular season.
Alain Vigneault has now coached the Canucks to five Northwest Division titles. This year's squad won 51 games and posted 111 points. The New York Rangers and the St. Louis Blues tied for second in the league with 109 points each.
"To win the Presidents' Trophy again says a lot about the quality of the group that we have here and the quality of the people that we have playing the games night in, night out," Vigneault told the media after the game.
The Canucks will play the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs as a result of the Kings losing to the San Jose Sharks in overtime.
Vigneault praised how his team played this evening, saying it was usually the first on the puck. Vancouver came out roaring in the first period, taking 17 shots at Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk.
But the home team didn't make the scoring sheet until 15:47 of the second frame, when Henrik Sedin scored a power-play marker, assisted by Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler.
In the third period, the Canucks put the game away on goals by Samuel Pahlsson and David Booth, who split the defence and made a nifty move to put the puck in the back of the net.
David Booth's goal shows why Canucks fans voted him most exciting player.
The home team outshot the Oilers 42-17 as Roberto Luongo recorded his fifth shutout of the year and 60th of his career.
Meanwhile, the Canucks also announced their annual player awards, with Henrik Sedin being chosen by fans for the Cyclone Taylor Trophy as the team's most valuable player.
With 14 goals and 67 assists over the season, Sedin also won his fourth Cyrus H. McLean Trophy as the team's highest scorer.
Winger David Booth was voted the most exciting player by fans. And Alex Edler was voted best defenceman, receiving the Walter (Babe) Pratt Trophy.
Chris Higgins won the Fred J. Hume Award as the unsung hero, as chosen by fans; Roberto Luongo won the Mike's Three Star Award as the player who had the most three-star nominations.