NHL Awards: Crosby wins 2nd Hart Trophy


NHL Awards: Crosby wins 2nd Hart Trophy

Not that it was a shock by any stretch, but Sidney Crosby won the Hart Trophy on Tuesday night as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player, as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

The announcement came in Las Vegas at the NHL Awards Show.

The Pittsburgh Penguins center almost won it by a unanimous vote -- 128 first-place votes from among 137 ballots cast. It was his second Hart Trophy as an NHLer.

Crosby led the NHL in assists (68) and points (104). This was the fifth time in his career he amassed 100 or more points.

If you’re wondering, Mario Lemieux is the only Penguin to win three Hart Trophies.

Flyers center Claude Giroux was third in the balloting. He received two first-place votes. Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf was second -- he had five first-place votes.

Boston’s Patrice Bergeron won the Selke as the league’s best defensive forward. Sean Couturier, the Flyers' top two-way player, was ninth.

The Bruins took other honors, as well. Tuukka Rask won the Vezina Trophy as the best goalie. Flyers goalie Steve Mason was seventh and picked up one second-place vote.

Chicago’s Duncan Keith won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman by a wide margin over Boston’s Zdeno Chara.

Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly won the Lady Byng for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct on the ice.

Another Av, Nathan MacKinnon, won the Calder Trophy as the league’s Rookie of the Year and it wasn’t even close.

If that wasn’t enough in terms of Colorado recognition, Avs coach Patrick Roy was the runaway winner of the Jack Adams Award for Coach of the Year, as voted by the NHL Broadcasters Association.

Flyers coach Craig Berube, who accompanied Giroux to the awards show, was sixth in the coach of the year voting with one first-place vote.

Incredibly, Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter did not receive a single vote.

The Rangers' Dominic Moore, who lost his wife to cancer two years ago, won the Masterton Trophy, given to the player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."

Anaheim’s Bob Murray was voted General Manager of the Year by a panel of writers, broadcasters and NHL executives.

Los Angeles' Dean Lombardi, whose Kings won the Stanley Cup, was third.

Best of NHL: Shea Weber's PPG gives Canadiens' 5th straight win

Best of NHL: Shea Weber's PPG gives Canadiens' 5th straight win

NEW YORK -- Shea Weber's power-play goal with 2:57 remaining lifted the Montreal Canadiens to their fifth straight victory, 3-2 over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.

Paul Byron and Phillip Danault also scored to help Montreal improve to 6-0-1 and remain the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss. Al Montoya, who played for the Islanders from 2010-12, stopped 26 shots in his first start since Oct. 18 as the Canadiens beat New York for the seventh straight time.

John Tavares and Dennis Seidenberg scored for New York and Thomas Greiss had 26 saves in his second straight start and third of the season.

With the Islanders' Nick Leddy off for slashing, Weber fired a shot from the point for the tiebreaking goal. It was just the second power-play goal in 23 opportunities given up by New York's league-leading penalty-killing unit (see full recap).

Pirri, Rangers rally to topple Bruins
NEW YORK -- Brandon Pirri scored twice to help the New York Ranger beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Rick Nash, Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey also scored for New York, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots. The Rangers won their third straight game, overcoming a 2-0 deficit to improve to 5-2-0.

David Pastrnak and Austin Czarina scored for Boston. The Bruins have lost three straight to drop to 3-4-0.

Zane McIntyre made 26 saves in his first NHL start. He was called up prior to Boston's 5-0 home loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night to back up Malcolm Subban due to injuries to Tuukka Risk and Anton Khudobin (see full recap).

Pouliot scores twice, Oilers beat Capitals
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Benoit Pouliot scored twice, Cam Talbot made 34 saves and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Washington Capitals 4-1 on Wednesday night to stretch their winning streak to four games.

Patrick Maroon and Milan Lucic also scored for the Oilers (6-1-0). They have won four of five games at Rogers Place, their new downtown arena.

Alex Ovechkin scored for the Capitals (3-2-1). Braden Holtby made 25 saves (see full recap).

Dave Hakstol did Steve Mason a favor by challenging Sabres' 3rd goal

Dave Hakstol did Steve Mason a favor by challenging Sabres' 3rd goal

Many, though not all hockey games, have a tipping point or pivotal moment that factors into the outcome.
Sometimes it’s obvious what it was and when the moment occurred. Other times, it’s overshadowed by something else on the ice.
Ask the Flyers which moment would define their come-from-behind 4-3 shootout victory over Buffalo on Tuesday and the response will be virtually unanimous: when Dmitry Kulikov leveled Jakub Voracek with a high hit that made contact to the head in the third period.
Voracek was forced off the ice under the NHL’s concussion protocol.
That hit incensed the Flyers, who went on to score two power-play goals and tie the game, 3-3. The comeback was on.
Yet there was a less obvious but significant point that happened late in the second period, and it concerned goalie Steve Mason.
Matt Moulson had given Buffalo a 3-0 lead on Michal Neuvirth at 15:43, when Flyers coach Dave Hakstol elected to make a goalie switch.
Rather than call a simple timeout to buy Mason some warm-up time and allow his team to collect itself on the bench, Hakstol challenged the goal, claiming “goalie interference.”
Replays won’t show any direct interference on the shot itself. Neuvirth was speared several seconds before the play developed.
Hakstol knew the goal would likely not be overturned, but his strategy was to buy time for Mason and his team. By using a challenge, he knew the review process would take a lot longer than the 60-second timeout.
Either way, he was going to use his only timeout.
“You know what, I think we needed a timeout at that time, anyway,” Hakstol said coyly. “Pretty low probability of it being successful. Everything worked out well in the end.”
Mason appreciated what his coach did, too. Buying extra time for you?
“Yeah, probably,” Mason replied. “Regardless of the situation, you’re sitting on the bench, you know? You’re not really gauged as much as when you’re playing, obviously. So, you just try and ramp things up as quickly as possible.”
Mason had two saves in that shortened period, five in the third period and one in the overtime to register his second victory.
“There’s a never-quit attitude in this room,” he said. “We showed in Chicago — we were just talking about that. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to close that one out.
“But guys have a belief that you get one [moment] and it comes. [Travis Konecny] got us going with his first NHL goal, which is great. The guys really pushed to capitalize on their chances.”