Thanks to their 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday afternoon, the Bruins clinched the Presidents’ Trophy for the first time since the 1989-90 season, a season that saw the Bruins lose to the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup Final.
The award doesn’t mean much unless you find yourself in in the Stanley Cup Final where the Bruins would wind up with home ice advantage.
Last season the Chicago Blackhawks became the first team since the 2007-08 Detroit Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup as the Presidents’ Trophy winners.
Since its inception during the 1985-86 season, only eight of the 27 winners have gone on to win the Stanley Cup. Three of those 27 have gone on to lose in the Stanley Cup Final. Long story short, the Presidents’ Trophy doesn’t guarantee you a Stanley Cup.
“I think that’s what it’s all about. The Presidents’ Trophy identifies a team who’s been good for the regular season” said head coach Claude Julien.
“The other thing is, it also guarantees home ice as long as you’re in the playoffs. So, those are two things we’re really proud of, but that’s where it stops. The next step is we still got to do some work here in order to get the trophy that we all really want here.”
According to top-line center David Krejci, winning the Presidents’ Trophy is great, but wasn’t their main goal in September.
“It is a nice achievement, that’s for sure, but that wasn’t our goal going into the season” said Krejci after scoring his 18th and 19th goals of the season Saturday afternoon.
“So one thing what’s good about it is as long as we’re in the playoffs we’ll be starting at home, so that’s good, but we’re trying to accomplish something different so we have one more game tomorrow. We need to play a really strong game and feel good about our game going into the playoffs.”
It is still unknown who will come to Boston next week when the playoffs begin, but the chances of a first round date with the Detroit Red Wings are very likely.
When the season is winding down and not much is up for grabs, all you can ask for is that everyone stays healthy, unfortunately that may have not been the case for the Bruins.
Shortly after notching his 30th goal of the season, Patrice Bergeron left the game with a “minor injury.” Daniel Paille had to be helped off the ice and did not return after a big hit from Jake McCabe.
“With Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] it’s very minor. With Paizy [Daniel Paille], I haven’t had a chance to talk yet to my trainers or to the doctors, so I’ll probably see later on here” added Julien.
It seems like Bergeron may be fine, Paille on the other hand could be a different story.
After blowing a couple of late leads in their past few games, it was nice for the Bruins to come out and secure a victory as they look to end the regular season on a high note.
“Absolutely. Just watching games back and understanding that when you take care of the puck things are happening for us” said birthday boy Torey Krug.
“We were pretty reckless with the puck the last couple games and that’s not something our team wants in our identity. So, moving forward we’re going to keep trying to fix that and make sure we stay on top of it.”
Expect to see a handful of call-ups from the Providence Bruins tomorrow as the B’s travel to New Jersey to take on the Devils in their final contest of the 2013-14 regular season.
Hear what the Bruins had to say following their win Saturday afternoon.