Avalanche defeat Kings to win West, Presidents Trophy


DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche clinched the Presidents’ Trophy and No. 1 seed from the Honda West Division when they defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 at Ball Arena on Thursday.  

Tyson Jost scored twice in a five-goal second period, Andre Burakovsky had a goal and an assist, and Mikko Rantanen had two assists for Colorado (39-13-4), which won its final five games. Jonas Johansson made 21 saves.

The Avalanche will play the No. 4 seed St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup First Round starting here Monday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, TVA Sports). They were 5-3-0 in the regular season against the Blues.

Sean Walker scored, and Troy Grosenick made 38 saves for Los Angeles (21-28-7), which lost its final five games.

Walker gave the Kings a 1-0 lead with 45 seconds left in the first period, shooting glove side on a breakaway.

Jost tied 1-1 at 9:46 of the second period with a shot through a screen from above the left hash marks.

Jost then made it 2-1 at 11:38 when he drove to the net to redirected Conor Timmins‘ centering pass from the right point.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare increased the lead to 3-1 at 14:26, jamming in a rebound after Grosenick made saves against Burakovsky and Jayson Megna.

Joonas Donskoi made it 4-1 at 16:50 when he batted the rebound of Nazem Kadri‘s shot inside the right post, and Burakovsky shot glove side from the high slot during a 4-on-4 at 18:58 for the 5-1 final.

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