NHL: Bruins clinch best record in NHL
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins clinched the NHL’s best record and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs with a 4-1 win over the league-worst Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.
It is the first time the Bruins have claimed the Presidents’ Trophy since the 1989-90 season.
Boston dominated the game between the teams at opposite ends of the standings.
David Krejci scored two goals, Patrice Bergeron netted his 30th of the season, one fewer than his career high set in 2005-06, and Gregory Campbell got his eighth.
Sabres goalie Matt Hackett was taken from the ice on a stretcher after Boston defenseman Torey Krug fell on his right leg with 11:35 left. He was replaced by Connor Knapp, who allowed Krejci’s second goal one minute later.
Malone facing criminal charges
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone was charged Saturday with DUI and possession of cocaine after a traffic stop, police said.
An officer saw Malone’s SUV strike a curb after making a left turn from the center lane early Saturday, said Tampa Police Lt. Paul Lusczynski.
After being pulled over, Malone got out of his vehicle, and the officer smelled alcohol on his breath, Lusczynski said. According to the police report, the officer also found 1.3 grams of cocaine in one of Malone’s pockets.
Malone refused to take field sobriety tests, but a breath test given at the jail recorded blood alcohol levels of 0.112 and 0.116 percent, Lusczynski said. Florida law considers a driver impaired at 0.08.
Malone was released from the Hillsborough County jail on $2,500 bond.
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said Malone wouldn’t travel with the team for Tampa Bay’s final regular-season game today at Washington.
The Lightning will meet Montreal in the first round of the playoffs.