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Sharks secure top spot

WAYNE Simmonds had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick made 27 saves as the Los Angeles Kings finished their season with a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks, who still won the Presidents' Trophy on Saturday.

The Sharks (53-18-11) secured the top record in the National Hockey League for the first time in club history when the Boston Bruins lost 1-6 at Buffalo.

Michal Handzus, Alexander Frolov and Peter Harold also scored for the Kings (34-37-11), who didn't qualify for the playoffs.

Devin Setoguchi, Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau had goals for San Jose, which wrapped up the regular season and will be the top-seeded team in the Western Conference playoffs.

The Sharks are stumbling into the postseason. They also lost 1-4 at home against Phoenix on Thursday and needed a shootout to beat last-place Colorado 1-0 on Tuesday.

San Jose had won the previous five games against the Kings this season, outscoring them 13-6. This was the first time the Sharks faced Quick, who emerged as the Kings' top goalie while playing in 44 of Los Angeles' final 51 games.

Quick was especially sharp over the final weeks.

In other NHL games, it was: Devils 3, Hurricanes 2; Flyers 3, Islanders 2; Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 2; Canucks 1, Avalanche 0 (in overtime); Maple Leafs 5, Senators 2; Penguins 3, Canadiens 1; Thrashers 6, Lightning 2; Wild 6, Blue Jackets 3; Panthers 7, Capitals 4; Coyotes 5, Ducks 4 (in a shootout); and Flames 4, Oilers 1.

In Los Angeles, the Sharks took the lead when Setoguchi corralled a rebound during a powerplay and swiped the puck around Quick just 5:41 into the game.

Handzus tied it, with an assist from Simmonds, when he ripped a shot that deflected off Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and past goalie Evgeni Nabokov at 10:42.


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