Canucks defeat Oilers to clinch second straight President’s Trophy, Senators to square off against the Rangers, Flames end season with a win over the Ducks, Jets fall to Lightning in OT, the Canadiens down the Maple Leafs.
VANCOUVER SUN/EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Vancouver Canucks shut out the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 to clinch their second consecutive President’s Trophy as the team with the best regular season record in the NHL. This comes as a surprise to a number of Vancouver fans and pundits who’ve spent most of the season bitching about how poorly their team was playing. Meanwhile, Oilers coach Tom Renney faces an uncertain future in Edmonton.
OTTAWA SUN: A 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils ensures the Ottawa Senators would finish eighth overall in the Eastern Conference, setting up a first round series against the NY Rangers.
CALGARY SUN: Callup Akim Aliu scored twice as the Flames downed the Anaheim Ducks 5-2.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets fell in OT 4-3 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Bolts forward Steven Stamkos scored his 60th of the season, receiving a standing ovation from a classy Winnipeg crowd.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs ended their season with a meek 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, whose head coach Randy Cunneyworth would like to remain with the team after this season, even though he realizes he will probably be replaced this summer. Cunneyworth definitely deserved better than the fate he got this season in Montreal.