Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – David Krejci scored twice while Tuukka Rask stopped 24 shots as the Boston Bruins clinched the Presidents’ Trophy for the second time in franchise history via a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday at TD Garden.
The Bruins (54-18-9), who also won the Presidents’ Trophy in 1989-90, will have home-ice advantage as long as it lasts in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Gregory Campbell and Patrice Bergeron, who reached 30 goals for the second time in his career, scored for the Bruins. Bergeron, who scored 30 goals in the 2005-06 season, didn’t play in the third period for an undisclosed reason.
Goaltender stopped 20 of 23 shots before he sustained a leg injury in the third period and was taken from the ice on a stretcher as the Sabres (21-51-9) lost their sixth in a row.
Hackett collided with Bruins defenseman Torey Krug at 8:25 of the third. Hackett was replaced by Connor Knapp, who six saves in his NHL debut.
The Bruins lost their prior two games in shootouts and managed to prevent their first three-game losing streak of the season.
Campbell opened scoring at 16:54 with an aggressive drive to the net. Jordan Caron drew two defenders to him on the left wall and fed a pass to the front, where Campbell tipped the puck past Hackett for a 1-0 lead.
The Bruins took a 2-0 lead on a goal by Krejci at 18:23. He backhanded a shot past Hackett after a Zdeno Chara shot rebounded off the end glass and landed out front.
Boston went ahead 3-0 at 11:43 of the second period. Bergeron and Brad Marchand cycled the puck around the right circle. Bergeron completed the play with a one-timer from above the right dot that beat Hackett high to the glove side.
Cody Hodgson scored for the Sabres at 13:58. Mike Weber won a battle along the right wall and fed Hodgson in front for a backhand that beat Rask high.
Krejci’s second goal, his 19th of the season, came on a power play at 10:35 of the third period.