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NHL: Bruins finish with best record in NHL

The Boston Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 Saturday to clinch the Presidents' Trophy which gives them home-ice advantage throughout the National Hockey League playoffs. David Krejci scored twice and Tuukka Rask made 24 saves for the Bruins who finished with the best record in the NHL for the first time since the 1989-90 season. Patrice Bergeron scored his 30th goal and Greg Campbell had a single in front of a crowd of 17,565 at the TD Garden Arena. The Bruins were coming off shootout losses in each of their last two games.

Bruins clinch Presidents' Trophy

EditorsNote: UPDATING Boston's playoff possibilities 5th graf Bruins clinch Presidents' Trophy BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins have taken their final regular season step by winning the Presidents' Trophy and securing home ice advantage throughout the playoffs. But they know there's more work to be done.

Preview: Sabres at Bruins

The NHL's best and worst teams meet at TD Garden on Saturday afternoon as the Boston Bruins look to secure the second Presidents' Trophy in franchise history should they defeat the reeling Buffalo Sabres. The Bruins last finished a season with the most points in 1989-90 but have stumbled to four losses in their last five games. One could understand if the Sabres don't shed a tear for Boston's plight, as the cellar-dwelling club has lost five in a row and 16 of its last 18 (2-15-1).

NHL: Leafs tap Shanahan as president

The Toronto Maple Leafs are putting themselves in the hands of NHL Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan, naming him club president. Shanahan had been serving as the NHL's chief disciplinarian, directing the league's department of player safety since June 1, 2011. The NHL said Friday he had relinquished that job in order to take over his new role with the Maple Leafs.

Hutchinson, Jets stop Bruins

Hutchinson, Jets stop Bruins WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Michael Hutchinson secured the most memorable victory of his pro career in net for the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night. Naturally, there's really no forgetting your first win in the show -- especially against the club that chose you and then let you go. Hutchinson was unquestionably the star of the night as Winnipeg rallied for a 2-1 shootout victory over the Boston Bruins in the Jets' final home game of the season.

Preview: Bruins at Jets

With the top seed in the Eastern Conference already under wraps, the Boston Bruins look to inch closer to securing the Presidents' Trophy when they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. The Bruins have taken their foot off the gas of late, falling for the third time in four contests with a 4-3 shootout loss to Minnesota on Tuesday. Patrice Bergeron continued his torrid stretch, scoring his 29th goal to extend his career-best point streak to 12 games.

Preview: Canadiens at Senators

The Montreal Canadiens look to rebound from just their second loss in 10 contests when they wrap up a four-game road trip against the Ottawa Senators on Friday. The Canadiens saw their season high-tying five-game winning streak come to a halt with a 3-1 setback to Tampa Bay on Tuesday but secured a postseason berth later in the night with losses by New Jersey and Washington. Montreal remains even with the Lightning in points but has played one more game.

Teams going wild as regular season counts down

(Reuters) - The National Hockey League enters the penultimate weekend of the regular season with races for wildcard berths and jockeying for playoff positions still on tap. In the East the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins have locked up division titles while the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens have also secured postseason spots with the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers on the brink of punching playoff tickets.

Habs avoid letdown, blank Sabres

Habs avoid letdown, blank Sabres MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens are shoring up their playoff position by racking up wins against Atlantic Division opponents. Montreal goaltender Carey Price made 24 saves for his fifth shutout, and left winger Max Pacioretty scored his 100th regular season goal 10:53 into the third period to send the Canadiens to a 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

Preview: Canadiens at Bruins

Jarome Iginla and the streaking Boston Bruins look to continue their respective torrid stretches when they host the Montreal Canadiens on Monday. Iginla recorded his sixth two-goal performance of the season and third in five contests Saturday as Boston extended its winning streak to a season-high 12 games with a 4-2 triumph over Phoenix. The Bruins, who are even with St. Louis in the race for the Presidents' Trophy, are just two victories shy of matching the longest winning streak in franchise history set in 1929-30.
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