Canucks earn 5th straight division title with win over Blackhawks
Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist Monday as the Vancouver Canucks clinched their fifth straight Northwest Division title with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.
The win was Vancouver's eighth straight at Rogers Arena and guaranteed the Canucks (26-13-7) home-ice advantage in at least the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The NHL-leading Blackhawks (34-6-5) made clinching first place overall a bit more difficult for themselves as they suffered their second straight loss.
Jannik Hansen and Zack Kassian also scored for the Canucks, who have been able to distance themselves from the slumping Minnesota Wild in the past few weeks. Henrik Sedin added two assists and Cory Schneider made 24 saves to get the win.
Daniel Carcillo replied for Chicago, which trailed 1-0 after the first period and 3-0 after the second. Cory Crawford made 29 saves in taking the loss.
The Blackhawks are trying to win their first President's Trophy since 1991, when Mike Keenan was the coach. Chicago has 73 points with three games remaining, while Pittsburgh has 70 points with three games also left on its schedule.