Lightning clinch Atlantic Division, Presidents' Trophy

The Lightning are in.

With Monday’s 4-1 win over the Coyotes, Tampa Bay clinched the top seed in the Atlantic Division and earned the Presidents’ Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL team that finishes with the most points in the regular season. The Lightning have tallied 116 points, well above the rest of the league.

This is the second consecutive season the team has sat atop its division.

Tampa Bay has won 17 of its last 19 games and holds a 56-13-4 record as it heads into the final weeks of the regular season. 

On top of the win, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos became the all-time franchise leader in goals (384) after opening the scoring against the Coyotes. 

“It was pretty special,” Stamkos said after the game. “I didn’t know how it was going to happen or how I was going to feel. But there was definitely some emotions, especially during that TV timeout and the crowd’s reaction. … That’s when it really hit me.”

The Lightning will return to the ice Wednesday against the Capitals.