Blackhawks clinch Presidents' Trophy with win over Oilers

Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk stops a Blackhawks shot during second period action Wednesday in...

Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk stops a Blackhawks shot during second period action Wednesday in Edmonton. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:54 AM ET

EDMONTON - The challenge for both coaches Wednesday night was to somehow keep their teams from losing interest — the Chicago Blackhawks because they are so far ahead of everyone else, the Edmonton Oilers because they are so far behind.

Keeping the fans awake was no small task, either.

Separated by a whopping 32 points when the puck dropped (how is that even possible in a 48-game season?), the Oilers hung around for as long as they could before finally giving way to a better team with more to play for.

The Hawks scored early in the third and then added an empty netter to win 4-1, handing Edmonton its ninth loss in the last 10 games.

So, for the second time in two games, the Oilers had to watch somebody else celebrate a milestone on their ice. A game after the Anaheim Ducks clinched their division at Edmonton’s expense, the Blackhawks hit the same ice and used them as their final stepping stone to a President's Trophy.


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