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.
Ducks come to terms with Lindholm, so what happens now?
And now we wait for the other shoe to drop, because according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Anaheim Ducks have come to terms with defenseman Hampus Lindholm on a six-year contract extension with a cap hit of $5.25 million.
It’s a win for the Ducks, who succeed in their quest to get Lindholm locked up with a lower cap hit than the Sabres got Rasmus Ristolainen ($5.4 million).
Pastrnak was whistled for a minor penalty on the play, which occurred in the second period of Boston’s 5-2 loss at MSG on Wednesday night. Girardi left the contest momentarily, but was able to return and finished with 16:15 TOI.
“I don’t really know it makes contact with my face at first, but it is what it is, I’m kind of vulnerable,” Girardi said of the hit, per the New York Post. “He’s going to try to make a hit. He just hit me in the front of the face, so it wasn’t like it was the side-of-the-head hit or something.
“As soon as I got up, I was fine.”
Pastrnak, who did appear to leave his feet to make the hit, doesn’t have any history with the DoPS, and has never been subjected to supplemental discipline from the department.
His hearing will take place on Friday.
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