EDMONTON – Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks secured the Presidents’ Trophy for the first time in 22 years with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.
The Blackhawks (35-6-5) held off the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins for the top regular-season record in the NHL.
Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya also scored for the Blackhawks, who have gone 10-1-2 in their last 13 games and clinched the league’s best record for the first time since 1991.
Nail Yakupov scored for the Oilers (17-22-7), who lost for the ninth time in 10 games.
Corey Crawford came in to replace Blackhawks starting goalie Ray Emery with 6:11 left in the first after Emery sustained a lower body injury. But Emery was credited with the win.
RED WINGS 3, KINGS 1
DETROIT (AP)—Jordin Tootoo netted the go-ahead goal early in the third period, and Johan Franzen scored on a power play with 6:26 left, lifting Detroit over Los Angeles and into eighth place in the Western Conference.
Detroit is one point ahead of Columbus and one behind seventh-place Minnesota. All three teams have two games remaining. The Red Wings are aiming to extend their post-season streak to 22, the longest in North American professional sports.
Detroit’s Jimmy Howard made 23 saves, and Pavel Datsyuk scored a game-tying goal midway through the second period.
Kyle Clifford scored the lone goal for the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings, who are trying to finish fourth to earn home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Jonathan Quick made 33 saves, including 13 in the first period when the Kings recorded only four shots on Howard.
LIGHTNING 5, MAPLE LEAFS 2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Martin St. Louis scored three goals and Tampa Bay snapped a six-game losing streak with a victory over Toronto.
St. Louis, who has 16 goals this season, took over the lead in the NHL scoring race with 58 points—two more than teammate Steven Stamkos and injured Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby.
Stamkos scored his 29th goal, two behind NHL-leading Alex Ovechkin of Washington, and added an assist. Radko Gudas gave the Lightning a 3-2 lead in the third period.
With 55 points, Toronto is one point ahead of the New York Islanders for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Both teams, who have already clinched playoff berths, have two games remaining.
Toronto took a 1-0 lead with 2:57 remaining in the first period when Phil Kessel pushed a wrist shot past goalie Ben Bishop. Joffrey Lupul scored with 24 seconds remaining in the second to get the Maple Leafs even at 2.
COYOTES 2, SHARKS 1
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Mike Smith stopped 33 shots, and Phoenix prevented San Jose from moving up in the Western Conference standings.
The Sharks had a chance to pass Los Angeles for fourth in the West, but the Coyotes played more like the team still in the playoff hunt.
Phoenix beat Thomas Greiss for two goals in the first period and played the tight-checking style that had been so successful the previous three seasons. That left the Sharks tied with the Kings at 57 points.
Michael Stone and Keith Yandle both scored, and Shane Doan had a pair of assists for Phoenix.
Brent Burns scored and Greiss stopped 30 shots in his first start since March 6 for the Sharks, who will close the season against the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings in Los Angeles on Saturday.