As the best team in the regular season, the Blackhawks won their first Presidents’ Trophy in more than 20 years.
Despite their Stanley Cup title, the award hasn’t been helpful to other recent Presidents’ Trophy winners in the playoffs. Even getting to the Cup Final has proven difficult.
A look at how previous Presidents’ winners fared in the postseason:
2012-13: Blackhawks (77 points) won Stanley Cup
2011-12: Canucks (111 points) lost in West quarterfinals
2010-11: Canucks (117 points) lost in Cup Final
2009-10: Capitals (121 points) lost in East quarterfinals
2008-09: Sharks (117 points) lost in West quarterfinals
2007-08: Red Wings (115 points) won Stanley Cup
2006-07: Sabres (113 points) lost in East finals
2005-06: Red Wings (124 points) lost in West quarterfinals
2003-04: Red Wings (109 points) lost in West semifinals
2002-03: Senators (113 points) lost in East finals