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The Canucks rode the amazing Sedin twins to the club’s first Presidents’ Trophy win as the NHL’s best club in the regular season.

Last season, Henrik Sedin won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s scoring champion. This time, twin brother Daniel took the title with 104 points _ five more than Lightning forward Martin St. Louis and six ahead of Anaheim’s Corey Perry, the goal-scoring king with 50.

Daniel is the 10th player to win the points race in the past 10 seasons and he did it with the lowest point total since St. Louis had 94 in the 2003-04 season. Sedin’s win marked the first time brothers captured the scoring title in consecutive seasons.

Daniel led the NHL’s top power-play unit by scoring a league-best 18 goals and 42 points during advantages. He was second among forwards with a plue-30 rating and could be in line to keep the Hart Trophy _ given to the league MVP _ in the family household after Henrik won it last year.

Either way, the Canucks (54-19-9) are surely focusing on a run they hope ends with their first Stanley Cup championship after they put up a team-record 117 points.

“We’re having a lot of fun together,” Daniel Sedin said. “We’re looking forward to a great run. We’ve got to realize that we don’t need to do anything extra. It’s about coming to the rink and working hard and playing the right way.”

Regardless, the Canucks will be very busy on NHL Awards night on June 22 in Las Vegas as Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider will be honored with the William Jennings Trophy as the goalie tandem that allowed the fewest goals this season (185). It was the first Jennings win for the Canucks franchise.

Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins set an NHL record for save percentage when he finished at .938, surpassing Dominik Hasek’s .937 set in the 1998-89 season. He wrapped it up Saturday, and his league-low 2.00 goals-against average, with a 31-save effort in a 3-1 win over Ottawa. He sat out the Bruins‘ season finale on Sunday.

“To be completely honest, I had a hard time getting it completely out of my mind the last couple of days,” Thomas said Saturday. “I think it’s the most reflective overall (of a goaltender’s season), but certainly not a perfect number.

“But overall it’s still the most important number.”

Perry wrested the Rocket Richard Trophy away from Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos and Crosby, who tied with a league-best 51 goals last season. Stamkos was the runner-up to Perry this season with 45 goals. Crosby was held to only 32 goals in 41 games because of a concussion that has kept him out of action since Jan. 5.

Perry scored 19 goals in his final 16 games to get to 50 goals for the first time in his six NHL seasons and fuel Anaheim’s surge from 11th place to the No. 4 seed in the West.

He is the third Ducks player to score 50, and his 11 game-winning goals tied Washington’s Alex Ovechkin for the most in the league. Half of Perry’s goals tied the game or put the Ducks ahead.

Lemaire isn’t the only coach saying goodbye. The Florida Panthers fired Pete DeBoer on Sunday, one day after the team finished its 10th straight season out of the playoffs. Florida’s 72 points were last in the Eastern Conference and the third-fewest in the 30-team NHL.

Ottawa, which finished third to last in the East _ just two points ahead of Florida _ dismissed coach Cory Clouston and two assistants on Saturday after the Senators failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.

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