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Lundqvist ties for 3rd in final Vezina voting

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Vezina finalist Henrik Lundqvist models his tuxedo prior to the NHL Awards Show at Toronto's Elgin Theatre on Thursday.

Lundqvist Talks to Stan Fischler WMP

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist tied for third in the voting for the NHL's Vezina Trophy on Thursday, as the award for the league's top goaltender went to New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur.

Brodeur, who captured 16 of 30 first-place votes to edge Roberto Luongo by just six points, won the Vezina for the third time in four seasons after finishing as the runner-up to Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff in 2006.

Lundqvist, Brodeur, Luongo and Kiprusoff were the four finalists. Normally, three players are chosen as finalists, but because Lundqvist tied for third with Kiprusoff, both players were invited to Thursday's event at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto.

Lundqvist and Kiprusoff each received seven third-place votes for a total of seven points. The award, officially given to the "goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position", is determined by a vote of the 30 NHL general managers. Lundqvist was looking to become the first Rangers player to win the Vezina since John Vanbiesbrouck in 1985-86. He was also a finalist last year, when he finished third behind Kiprusoff and Brodeur.

Lundqvist finished the 2006-07 season with 37 wins, tying him with Eddie Giacomin for the second-most victories in one season behind Mike Richter's team record of 42. In 2005-06, Lundqvist set the Rangers rookie record of 30 victories and he now has more wins (67) over his first two seasons than any netminder in Blueshirts history.

Also on Thursday, 19-year-old Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins won his first Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP. Crosby, the NHL's leading scorer in 2006-07, is the second-youngest player after Wayne Gretzky to win the Hart. Gretzky was five months younger than Crosby when he took home his first MVP trophy in 1980.

Rangers players were also among those receiving votes for the NHL's two All-Star teams, although the Blueshirts did not manage to place a player on either the first or second team.

The highest All-Star vote-getter was Jaromir Jagr, finishing sixth in the voting among right wings with two first-place votes and 59 total points. Lundqvist placed seventh among goaltenders with 13 third-place votes for 13 points.

Marcel Hossa, Michael Nylander and Brendan Shanahan each received one third-place vote at the left wing position

Several other NHL trophies were awarded at the event on Thursday night. Here is a look at all the winners:

CALDER MEMORIAL TROPHY (outstanding rookie): Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh

FRANK J. SELKE TROPHY (outstanding defensive forward): Rod Brind'Amour, Carolina

HART MEMORIAL TROPHY (most valuable player to his team): Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh

JACK ADAMS AWARD (outstanding coach): Alain Vigneault, Vancouver.

JAMES NORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY (outstanding defenseman): Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit

LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY (sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct): Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit

LESTER B. PEARSON AWARD (most outstanding player as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA): Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh

VEZINA TROPHY (outstanding goaltender): Martin Brodeur, New Jersey

MASTERTON TROPHY (perseverance and dedication): Phil Kessel, Boston

KING CLANCY TROPHY (humanitarian contributions): Saku Koivu, Montreal

Goal -- Martin Brodeur, New Jersey
Defense -- Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit
Defense -- Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim
Center -- Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh
Right Wing -- Dany Heatley, Ottawa
Left Wing -- Alex Ovechkin, Washington

Goal -- Roberto Luongo, Vancouver
Defense -- Chris Pronger, Anaheim
Defense -- Dan Boyle, Tampa Bay
Center -- Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay
Right Wing -- Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay
Left Wing -- Thomas Vanek, Buffalo

Goal -- Mike Smith, Dallas
Defense -- Matt Carle, San Jose
Defense -- Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose
Forward -- Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh
Forward -- Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh
Forward -- Paul Stastny, Colorado
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