Despite the disappointment of another playoff flameout by his Pittsburgh Penguins that resulted in his coach and general manager getting fired, center Sidney Crosby put a cap on a successful regular season Tuesday night at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
Crosby took home the Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually to the NHL's best player as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA, and the Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL's regular season MVP by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.
"They're all special. I don't think you can put one ahead of the other," Crosby told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. "Not to take anything away from the writers, (but) seeing those (players) every night, competing against them, I think it definitely means a lot to kind of get that recognition amongst the guys you play against."
Crosby, who led the league with 36 goals and 104 points, is the second Penguins player to win the Hart multiple times, joining Mario Lemieux, who won it three times. Crosby, who was named on every ballot, was followed by Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf and Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux, in second and third place, respectively.
Eighteen-year-old Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon became the youngest winner of the Calder Trophy, given to the NHL's top rookie.
MacKinnon, who led rookies in points (63), assists (39), power-play goals (eight) and shots (241) and tied for the lead in goals (24) and game-winning goals (five), received 130 of 137 first-place votes and 1,347 points in the voting. Tampa Bay Lightning left winger Ondrej Palat was second with five first-place votes and 791 points. Tampa Bay center Tyler Johnson came in third in Calder balloting, and he was followed by Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug and Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta.
Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner won the Calder in 2011 when he was 3 1/2 months older than MacKinnon is now.
MacKinnon's coach, Patrick Roy, was selected the Jack Adams Award winner as the league's top coach following his first season behind the Avalanche's bench. He is the first rookie coach to earn the honor since the Washington Capitals' Bruce Boudreau in 2008.
Roy led the Avalanche to the league's third-best record one year after the team finished 29th. He received 68 of 95 first-place votes and 399 voting points. The Detroit Red Wings' Mike Babcock placed second with 11 first-place votes and 163 voting points, and Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper was third with five first-place votes and 136 voting points.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask received the Vezina Trophy, which goes to the NHL's top goaltender. Rask went 36-15-6 while helping Boston post the league's best regular-season record. He topped the NHL with seven shutouts, and he came in second in save percentage (.930), fourth in goals-against average (2.04) and fifth in victories.
"I'm still kind of shocked that I can't really even answer any questions," Rask told the Boston Globe. "It's a great honor. There's so many good goalies in the league that 10 guys could have easily won it, and they picked me."
Rask received 16 of 30 first-place votes and 103 voting points from the league's general managers in voting for the top goalie. Colorado's Semyon Varlamov was second with nine first-place votes and 90 voting points, and Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop was third with one first-place vote and 32 voting points.
Rask's teammate in Boston, forward Patrice Bergeron, received the Frank J. Selke Trophy, which goes to the top defensive forward in the NHL. It was the second time in three years Bergeron won the Selke. Bergeron also won the NHL Foundation Player Award, given for charitable and community work.
Bergeron received 1,283 points in Selke voting, including 112 of the 137 first-place votes. Kings center Anze Kopitar finished a distant second with 840 points and 20 first-place votes. The Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Towes, the St. Louis Blues' David Backes and the Blackhawks' Marian Hossa rounded out the top five in Selke balloting.
"It's a tremendous honor, for sure," Bergeron told the Globe. "The Selke, it's just an honor to be up against players like Jonathan (Toews) and Anze (Kopitar). Hockey is such a team sport that I've got to give that award to all of my teammates, so honestly it's an honor, but it really is about all teamwork."
Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith captured the James Norris Memorial Trophy, given to the top all-around defenseman. Keith topped all defensemen with 55 assists and ranked second with 61 points. He received 68 of 137 first-place votes and 1,033 voting points. The Bruins' Zdeno Chara was second with 21 first-place votes and 667 voting points, and the Nashville Predators' Shea Weber came in third with 26 first-place votes and 638 voting points.
"Obviously, it is a pretty surreal feeling," Keith told NHL.com. "Like I said in the speech, there are so many good defensemen in the league and I'm proud to represent all the defensemen."
Bob Murray, who led the Anaheim Ducks to franchise records in wins, points and point percentage, was chosen the General Manager of the Year. Murray received nine first-place votes and 66 voting points. The Montreal Canadiens' Marc Bergevin came in second with seven first-place votes and 49 points, and the Los Angeles Kings' Dean Lombardi was third with three first-place votes and 33 voting points.
Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly received the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for gentlemanly play.
Rounding out the awards, New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore was awarded the Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey; Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andrew Ference captured the King Clancy Trophy for humanitarian contributions; and Kings right winger Dustin Brown received the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun