Canucks Clinch President’s Trophy

The Presidents’ men

By Derek Jory

In the Vancouver Canucks weight room there’s a giant Stanley Cup on the wall with ‘One day closer. Prepare today for tomorrow.’ printed below it.

Following a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night at Rogers Arena, the Canucks are indeed one day closer to their ultimate goal and they were able to prepare today for tomorrow by winning the first Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history to lockdown home ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

Vancouver was victorious for the fifth consecutive game, with the W adding a P to their X, Y and Z in the standings as the Canucks assault the alphabet and the National Hockey League.

Daniel Sedin paced the way with a goal and an assist to reach a league-high 100 points for the first time in his career, Christian Ehrhoff and Ryan Kesler also scored, while Roberto Luongo stopped 18 shots for his NHL-leading 37th win.

All this and it was yet again a comeback win for the Canucks, their second in as many games.

Kyle Clifford beat Luongo with less than seven minutes to play in the first period and Los Angeles clung to its 1-0 lead until the 15:06 mark of the second when Daniel Sedin performed his usual wizardry and roofed a puck past Jonathan Quick to even the score.

Drew Doughty also evened the score on Daniel’s 41st goal of the season, which leaves him one shy of 250 for his career, as he lined up the Canucks forward and sent him to the ice with a blindside hit.

It was taking a hit to make a play at its best, and it was an eye-opener for Daniel.

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