NHL Hockey

Avs clinch West, Presidents' Trophy

(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

DENVER (AP) Tyson Jost scored two of Colorado's five second-period goals as the Avalanche clinched the West Division and the top overall seed in the NHL playoffs with a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Joonas Donskoi and Andre Burakovsky also scored in the pivotal period. Backup Jonas Johansson made 21 saves to help the Avalanche finish 7-1 against the Kings this season.

Colorado and Vegas both finished with 82 points, but the Avs earned the division crown and the Presidents' Trophy - awarded to the team with the best regular-season mark - due to more regulation wins. This was the first time the Avalanche have captured the Presidents' Trophy since 2000-01, when they went on to hoist the Stanley Cup.


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6 A. Vasilevskiy, TB.925
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