THEN AND NOW
Here's Crosby after winning his first career awards hat trick back in 2007, at just 19 years old...
And here he is tonight after winning his second career awards hat trick, 7 years later.
Here's to a third. Good night.--Michelle Crechiolo
INFOGRAPHIC: CROSBY'S AWARDS
After tonight, Sidney Crosby is going to need to clear just a tad
more space off an already crowded mantle.
Our captain was the star of the 2014 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, winning the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player and the Ted Lindsay Award, which goes to the league’s most outstanding player as voted by all of the NHL players. Crosby was also officially presented with the Art Ross Trophy, which he won after leading the NHL with 104 points during the 2013-14 regular season. Oh, and he was voted a NHL First-Team All-Star.
This wasn't the first time he's won any of these awards, and hopefully it won't be the last. For a reminder of just how much Crosby has already accomplished at just 27 years old, here's an infograph we put together illustrating the incredible amount of hardware Sid has collected thus far...--Michelle Crechiolo
MORE CROSBY PHOTOS
We already have a bunch of awesome behind-the-scenes photos from the Awards thanks to Sam, but now we have even more courtesy of Getty Images. We'll keep adding as they load them onto their website...
Love how the photographer framed Sid with the Penguins logo in full view behind him
And now, for our captain looking very dapper in his suit and tie...#GQ #GlamourShotsWithDeb
How many legends can you fit into one photo?
It seems you can fit at least two...(here's Sid with Ted Lindsay himself!)
Nope, we were wrong. It's three. Six-time Stanley Cup champion Mark Messier decided to join in on the fun as well.
Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon - just a couple of crazy kids from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.
Here's Crosby with his second career hat trick of awards...
...Let me take a selfie.--Michelle Crechiolo
CROSBY WINS HART
HAT TRICK!!! Crosby takes home his second career Hart Trophy as NHL MVP. He received 128 of 137 first-place votes in the balloting for this award - just unreal. He completes the trifecta with the Hart, Ted Lindsay and Art Ross.
"To the Penguins organization, my teammates, our fans, thank you for all your support..." --Sam Kasan
CROSBY WINS TED LINDSAY
The first award of the night is the Ted Lindsay Award - which goes to the most outstanding player as voted by all the NHL's players. Nominees: Crosby; Ryan Getzlaf; Claude Giroux.
And the winner, of course, is Crosby...
Crosby spoke with Heidi Androl after winning the first award of the night...
Crosby and Chicago's Jonathan Toews chat before walking the red carpet
Crosby poses with fellow Halifax native Nathan MacKinnon
Chatting with Kathryn Tappen and Barry Melrose
Crosby shaking hands with commish Gary Bettman
Three legends together: Mark Messier, Ted Lindsay and Crosby
Crosby and Lindsay chat during some down time
Crosby signing autographs on the red carpet
Crosby stops to talk to the loudly dressed Pernell Karl Subban
And some final autographs for the fans
Crosby does a few more media interviews with the writers
Time to go to the big show...
Crosby in his seats with his sister Taylor.--Sam Kasan
SCENES FROM LAS VEGAS
Slot machines in the airport. Must be in Vegas.
Who's the big winner tonight? Mikey!! Mikey wins.
It's Britney b...uh, Spears, at Planet Hollywood
Somewhere inside the Bellagio Daniel Ocean is scheming a heist
They probably get this a lot, but is this the real Caesar's Palace? Did Caesar live here?
An antique car covered in diamonds at the Cosmo
Is this Vegas or Paris? Or both? Whatever, all you need is love
Welcome to the media workroom where the players will interview after winning their awards
Found some Pens fans waiting in line at the Red Carpet --Sam Kasan
START ME UP
Good afternoon hockey fans. Tonight is the 2014 NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is nominated for two awards (Hart for league MVP and Ted Lindsay for outstanding player as voted by his peers). He's already won the Art Ross as the league's scoring champion. So tonight he is trying to go for the trifecta of awards
Before the show the NHL players will walk the red carpet. Stay tuned here for behind-the-scenes access and updates throughout the show. Vegas, baby. Vegas.
--- --Sam Kasan