Capitals clinch NHL's best record
Washington locked up its first Presidents' Trophy in franchise history Sunday after San Jose lost in overtime to Colorado.
On Saturday, the Caps set a franchise record with their 51st win, scoring three first-period goals in a 3-2 victory at Columbus. They also added to their franchise record for points in a season (114) and set a new mark for road wins (23).
"Well, it's nice to set records," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It gives us a goal to shoot for for next year. And it's nice to get the 51st win. We were stuck on 49 there for a while."
But winning the Presidents' Trophy doesn't necessarily equate to winning it all in the NHL.
No team that has locked up the Presidents' Trophy for the first time has gone on to win the Stanley Cup in the same season.
The last team to win its first Presidents' Trophy and at least reach the Stanley Cup finals was the Detroit Red Wings in 1994-95.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.