They accomplished that in Washington thanks to two goals from Craig Smith, a game-winner from Ryan Johansen and 29 saves from backup goaltender Juuse Saros, setting a franchise record with 52 wins in the process.
One year after reaching the Stanley Cup finals, the Nashville Predators have claimed the No. 1 spot in the league.
"We think home ice trumps everything else", general manager David Poile said. Nashville watched from the arena as the Panthers scored late in the third period to top the Bruins.
So she called UPS, which then called Canadian customs to make sure it was OK to send two dead catfish across the border to protest a disallowed goal in a hockey game. VERY tough. Especially in the playoffs. "We invite everyone to get ready to share another round of playoff excitement, right here with our friends and neighbors in Clarksville". In general I have never felt winning the President trophy equates to success in the playoffs, but as we saw previous year, Nashville is a hell of a playoff team.
Washington could still face New Jersey, Philadelphia, Columbus or back-to-back defending Cup-champion Pittsburgh in the first round.
"I hope they're not mad about it".
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So it sounds like Mayweather isn't interested in waiting around for McGregor. "I spoke with my team, I spoke with Al Haymon". Both fighters walked away with record-setting paydays after Mayweather defeated the debut boxer via a tenth round TKO.
The Predators know there are more tests upcoming, this time as the Cup favorite that won't fly under the radar. The Sharks can wrap up home-ice advantage for the first round of the Western Conference with a win in their season finale Saturday night against the visiting Minnesota Wild.
Connor McDavid had three assists to increase his league-leading points total to 106, and Ty Rattie had a goal and an assist as Edmonton scored three unanswered third-period goals to pull out a win against visiting Vegas.
The 36-year-old Slovak had 11 goals and 10 assists in 46 games this season for Los Angeles and Ottawa. In addition to the traditional silver stick and Tiffany crystal from the team and league, Ovechkin's teammates got him and his wife a trip to Spain, presidential suite tickets to see FC Barcelona and a Lionel Messi jersey.
A tripping call on Johansen paved the way for Ovechkin's 17th power-play goal of the season, and slashing on P.K. Subban led to Kuznetsov's first of the game to put Washington up 2-1.
Capitals: Host the New Jersey Devils on Saturday in a potential playoff preview.