Hockey

Forsberg wins Art Ross, Hejduk nabs Rocket Richard

Peter Forsberg and Milan Hejduk picked up some more hardware for their trophy case on the last day of the regular season.

Forsberg's three points in the Colorado Avalanche's 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Sunday netted him the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer.

Teammate Hejduk potted his 50th goal of the season in the win, to capture the Maurice Richard Trophy as the league's top goal scorer.

Forsberg finished with 29 goals, 77 assists and 106 points and became the first Swedish-born player to win the Art Ross. Forsberg's assists total was the NHL's best since Jaromir Jagr had 83 for Pittsburgh in 1998-99.

Vancouver's Markus Naslund came in second in both offensive categories. The Canucks captain finished the season with 48 goals and 104 points.

With the victory over the Blues, the Avalanche won their ninth consecutive divisional crown to snap a tie with the Montreal Canadiens, who had won eight consecutive divisional titles from 1974-75 through 1981-82.

The Avalanche, who moved to Colorado after winning the Northeast Division as the Quebec Nordiques in 1994-95, won Pacific Division titles from 1995-96 through 1997-98. The Northwest Division crown they won on Sunday was their fifth in a row.

The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers finished the season having allowed 166 goals -- creating dual winners of the William Jennings Trophy, which goes to the goaltenders who played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it.

Martin Brodeur played 73 games for the Devils, while Roman Cechmanek played 58 games and Robert Esche 30 for the Flyers.

Last Friday, the Ottawa Senators won the President's Trophy, presented to the team with the League's top record, with 113 points.

The past four President's Trophies have been won by different teams. Three of those teams went on to win the Stanley Cup.

The Detroit Red Wings finished first overall last season before winning the Cup. The Avalanche did the same thing in 2001. The Dallas Stars won the Presidents' Trophy and Stanley Cup in 1999.

The lone exception was the St. Louis Blues, who finished the 2000 season with the NHL's best record. The New Jersey Devils won the championship that season.

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