LAS VEGAS -- First remember what Sidney Crosby was doing two and a half years ago. Now look at where he was and what he was doing Tuesday night.
It's an accomplishment so impressive it's worth three trophies.
Crosby went from waiting, wondering and hoping his concussion issues would subside so he could resume his career to standing on stage at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas accepting the three trophies that represent overall individual excellence in a NHL season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins captain won the Hart Trophy for the second time in his career, finishing with 128 of 137 first-place votes. He previously won the Hart in 2006-07, when he was 19 years old. Injuries derailed potential MVP seasons in 2010-11 and 2012-13.
He also took home the Ted Lindsay Award (formerly the Lester B. Pearson Award) for the second straight season and third time in his career. In addition, he was feted with the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer for the second time in his career.
"Obviously, it is a pretty surreal feeling," Keith said less than an hour after winning the award for the second time in his career. "Like I said in the speech, there are so many good defensemen in the League and I'm proud to represent all the defensemen."
For some, Keith's success is a product of his team, loaded with game-breakers at every position. For others, this Norris Trophy is a reflection of a skill set that places him among the elite at his position.
In reality, it is a combination of both.
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has coached against Keith enough times to know he is nearly impossible to game plan against. Babcock has also coached him with Team Canada at the Winter Olympics and understands Keith's unique gifts can be a difference-making option.
The National Hockey League today announced the 2013-14 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players named as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League's top rookie: forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche.
Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season. Following is a summary of each NHL All-Rookie Team member's outstanding season.
Center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and defenseman Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, who each earned his third career berth on the First All-Star Team, head the list of players voted to the 2013-14 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Crosby received First Team honors for the second consecutive season, while Chara earned a spot on the First Team for the first time since 2008-09.
Joining Crosby and Chara are two second-time selections to the First Team, right wing Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks and defenseman Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks. The squad also features two first-time recipients, left wing Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars and goaltender Tuukka Rask of the Bruins.
Among those named to the Second Team is Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin, voted to the team for the third time. Also a six-time honoree on the First Team, Ovechkin's nine career postseason All-Star Team selections are the most among active players, one more than Jaromir Jagr (7 First Team, 1 Second Team).
Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins has captured his first Vezina Trophy, awarded to the "goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," as selected by NHL General Managers. Prior to 1981-82, the Vezina was awarded to the goaltender(s) whose team allowed the fewest goals during the regular season, the current criterion for the William Jennings Trophy.
Rask was the top choice for 16 of the 30 General Managers and received 103 voting points to edge second-place Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche (9 first-place votes, 90 points). Rask's win marks the third time in the past six seasons that a Bruins netminder has taken Vezina honors, following first-place finishes by Tim Thomas in 2009 and 2011.
Rask posted a 36-15-6 record, highlighted by a career-best 10-game point streak from Mar. 20-30 (9-0-1), as the Bruins captured their first Presidents’ Trophy since 1990 and led the Eastern Conference in team defense (2.08 GA/game). He allowed two goals or fewer in 37 of 58 starts, set single-season highs in wins and appearances, and was the only goaltender to rank among the NHL’s top five in each of the major statistical categories: first in shutouts (seven), second in save percentage (.930), fourth in goals-against average (2.04) and fifth in wins.
|Bob Murray, ANA||66||(9-6-3)|
|Marc Bergevin, MTL||49||(7-4-2)|
|Dean Lombardi, LAK||33||(3-4-6)|
|Stan Bowman, CHI||29||(3-4-2)|
|Jim Nill, DAL||27||(4-0-7)|
|Peter Chiarelli, BOS||23||(2-3-4)|
|Chuck Fletcher, MIN||21||(2-3-2)|
|Steve Yzerman, TBL||19||(2-2-3)|
|Ken Holland, DET||14||(1-3-0)|
|Greg Sherman, COL||10||(2-0-0)|
Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks is the 2013-14 winner of the NHL General Manager of the Year Award. Voting for this award was conducted among the 30 Club General Managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the regular season.
Murray paved the way for the finest season in Ducks history, leading the team to its second straight Pacific Division title; the top record in the Western Conference for the first time in club history; and franchise records in wins (54), points (116), points percentage (.707), home wins (29) and road wins (25). He set the Ducks up for success by re-signing Matt Beleskey, Saku Koivu, Ben Lovejoy and Kyle Palmieri as well as enticing Teemu Selanne to return for one final season. Murray also traded for Mathieu Perreault during the preseason; added depth players in Mark Fistric, Tim Jackman, Stephane Robidas and Jakob Silfverberg; and oversaw the development of young goaltenders Frederik Andersen and John Gibson.
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Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly has captured the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.
O'Reilly posted a runaway win, receiving 110 first-place votes from 137 ballots cast. He was named on 127 ballots and collected 1,181 voting points, ahead of three-time Lady Byng Trophy winner Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers (358).
O'Reilly tallied a career-high 64 points as the resurgent Avalanche captured the Central Division title and tied a franchise record with 52 victories. He led the club in goals (28), power-play goals (nine) and game-winners (six-tied), and led the NHL in takeaways (83) for the second time in the past three seasons. O'Reilly was flagged for just one minor penalty all season, joining Butch Goring (1977-78, Los Angeles) as the only players ever to receive two or fewer PIM over 80 or more games.
Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings was presented the William M. Jennings Trophy, presented "to the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it."
Quick saw the most action on a Kings team that allowed a League-low 174 goals during the regular season, three fewer than the Boston Bruins. He captured his first William M. Jennings Trophy as well as the first in Kings history, compiling a 27-17-4 record with a 2.07 goals-against average, .915 save percentage and six shutouts in 49 appearances. Quick surpassed Rogie Vachon as the winningest goaltender in Kings history when he recorded his 172nd career victory March 22. He also moved within one of Vachon’s franchise record for shutouts when he posted the 31st of his career on April 2. Together with Martin Jones (4) and Ben Scrivens (3), the Kings compiled a League-leading 13 shutouts, a franchise record and the second-most by any team in the past nine seasons (2011-12 Blues: 15).
LAS VEGAS -- Will Lacey slipped on the sparkly ring easily, its size so big he might easily slip over two of his 9-year-old fingers instead of the one it rested upon Tuesday afternoon.
He looked at the sparkly ring in amazement, then at the man who had just given it to him, Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, with equal amazement. His gaze soon returned to the ring, a freshly-minted piece of jewelry Subban received from Hockey Canada to commemorate Canada's gold-medal triumph at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Then his gaze returned a beaming Subban.
For Lacey, on hand for his first NHL Awards at the Wynn Hotel, it was the highlight of an unforgettable night. He couldn't stop talking about the ring.
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It's such a privilege to be one of these 80 great players to do this milestone, and it doesn't get better than this doing it where I started. It means a lot to me. A big thanks goes to all the players tonight who helped me to achieve that and also all the players through my career.