Sharks win Presidents' Trophy despite losing to Kings
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 NHL for the first time in club history when the Boston Bruins lost 6-1 at Buffalo earlier Saturday.
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 4-1 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 L.A.' final 51 games.
Quick, a rookie from Connecticut, was especially sharp over the final weeks. He posted a .938 save percentage in the last 10 games.
The Sharks took a 1-0 lead when Setoguchi corralled a rebound during a power play 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 from the left circle that deflected off Sharks defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and past goalie Evgeni Nabokov at 10:42.
Frolov then whisked around from behind the net and put a backhanded wraparound under Nabokov to make it 2-1 just over four minuets later.
The Kings pushed their advantage to two goals in the second as Simmonds sent a 40-foot wrist shot by Nabokov during a power play at 4:28.
San Jose got within 3-2 later in the second as Pavelski tipped in a shot by Vlasic during a power play.
Vlasic earned his 30th assist of the season, making the Sharks the fourth team in NHL history to have four defencemen with least 30 assists in a season. Dan Boyle (41), Rob Blake (35) and Christian Ehrhoff (34) had already reached the mark.
Harold and Marleau matched goals in the third.