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Presidents Trophy Buffalo Bound

Saturday, 04.07.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Presidents Trophy Buffalo Bound

April 7, 2007

The nation's capital was the perfect setting for the Buffalo Sabres to gain some stately hardware. The Sabres clinched the 2007 Presidents' Trophy as the top team in the league with their 2-0 shutout victory over the Washington Capitals in a Saturday matinee.

The Presidents' Trophy guarantees the Sabres home-ice advantage throughout the entirety of the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The distinction was introduced by the league's Board of Governors at the beginning of the 1985-86 season and has since been awarded to the team that accumulated the most points during the regular season.

Prior to 1986, the top team in the league would hang a banner as the “NHL League Champions.”

From 1967 through 1981, the Prince of Wales Trophy and Clarence S. Campbell Bowl were awarded to the top team in their respective conference. Buffalo has won two Prince of Wales Trophies in franchise history. Both banners can be seen hanging in the rafters of HSBC Arena.

With last Tuesday's 4-1 win at Pittsburgh, the Sabres clinched their first division title since 1996-97 and the fifth division crown in franchise history. The win also clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference -- the last time Buffalo entered the postseason as a number one seed was in 1979-80.

Today's win capped an outstanding campaign that began with the club tying a National Hockey League record for consecutive victories to start the season (10), matching the mark set by the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs. The Sabres did not go more than three consecutive games without collecting a point.

The Sabres are the NHL's highest-scoring team with 305 goals and feature a League-leading four 30-goal scorers (Thomas Vanek, Chris Drury, Jason Pominville, Daniel Briere) and seven 20-goal scorers (Vanek, Drury, Pominville, Briere, Dainius Zubrus, Maxim Afinogenov, Derek Roy).

Buffalo will face the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs or New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs beginning next week.

PRESIDENTS' TROPHY INFORMATION
Prior to this season, the Ottawa Senators (2003) were the only member of the Northeast Division to claim the league's top spot.

The Detroit Red Wings had won the last two consecutive Presidents' Trophies in 2004 and 2006, and boast a league-high five since 1986. No other team has won the trophy more than twice in that span. No trophy was awarded during the 2005 season due to the NHL labor strife.

Of the past 21 winners, six have gone on to claim the Stanley Cup that same season.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82