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Sharks lose 4-3 to Kings, but still win Presidents' Trophy

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LOS ANGELES - 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 post-season. 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 Los Angeles' 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 minutes 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 who at least 30 assists. Dan Boyle (41), Rob Blake (35) and Christian Ehrhoff (34) had already reached the mark.

Harold and Marleau matched goals in the third.

Notes: Sharks forwards Jonathan Cheechoo (lower body) and Jeremy Roenick (healthy) sat out. ... Frolov's goal was his 149th with the Kings, the fifth most among right wingers in franchise history. Ziggy Palffy is fourth with 150. ... Blake played in his 1,200th NHL game, while Boyle skated in his 600th. ... Kings players voted D Sean O'Donnell as their most inspirational teammate. Los Angeles media members voted captain Dustin Brown as the team's most valuable player.

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