Sweden’s Sedin scores in Canucks trophy win

Swedish hockey star Daniel Sedin scored and set up the winner as the Vancouver Canucks claimed their first Presidents' Trophy on Thursday, beating Los Angeles.

German defenceman Christian Ehrhoff scored late in the second period as the Vancouver Canucks won the prestigious trophy for the NHL’s best overall record with a 3-1 win over Los Angeles.

Sedin tied it 1-1 with five minutes left in the second period. The Swedish forward then added his NHL-leading 100th point of the season by setting up American Ryan Kesler’s goal on a two-man advantage with just over four minutes remaining in the final period.

Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo made 18 stops to help the Canucks win their fifth-straight game and 12th in the last 13.

Vancouver celebrated its 40th season in the NHL by adding to a franchise record with 113 points (52-17-9), 11 more than the second-place Philadelphia atop the NHL standings.

Canadian Kyle Clifford scored the lone goal for the Kings but took a foolish five-minute penalty for an illegal hit late in the game which prevented Los Angeles from making any attempt at coming back to tie the score.

Daniel Sedin has played in the NHL for over a decade, signing for Vancouver ahead of the 2000-2001 season. He was joined in Vancouver by his twin brother Henrik. The brothers’ success was rewarded with a new five-year contract in 2009.

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