How Sergei Bobrovsky won the 2016-17 Vezina Trophy

LAS VEGAS – Columbus Blue Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovsky won the 2017 Vezina Trophy Wednesday night, becoming the first two-time winner of the award since Tim Thomas did it with the Boston Bruins.

The award is voted on by the league’s 30 general managers.

During the regular season, Bobrovsky posted NHL leading numbers: 2.06 goal-against average and a .931 save-percentage. He was third in the NHL in shutouts (7) and third in wins at 41, which is a career high for the Blue Jackets’ goaltender.

In addition to his Vezina win, Bobrovsky nabbed a Hart Trophy nomination this season where he finished third behind Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid, who won the award.

It’s no secret that Bobrovsky has struggled with confidence and health throughout his career. This season was a bounce-back he desperately needed. With his resurgence, Bobrovsky helped lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to their best season in franchise history, which included a 16-game win streak.

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How Brent Burns won the 2016-17 Norris Trophy

LAS VEGAS – Brent Burns. Fashion icon. Man-bun enthusiast. Descendant of Chewbacca. And now James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league’s best defenseman.

This season Burns set a San Jose Sharks franchise high in goals (29) and points (76) by a defensemen. Burns was the only nominee that received points on every single ballot received from the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

On stage, Burns went out his way to thank the other nominees, Erik Karlsson and Victor Hedman. He pointed out Karlsson’s incredible saucer pass during the playoffs, and laughed saying his coaches probably wouldn’t be too happy if he did the same thing.

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Ted Lindsay Award Finalists: Burns vs. Crosby vs. McDavid

The National Hockey League Players’ Association announced Tuesday Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers are finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, which is presented “to the most outstanding player in the NHL” as voted on by fellow players in the NHLPA.

Who will go home with the hardware in Las Vegas on June 21?

Why Brent Burns Deserves The Lindsay

From the NHLPA:

Burns, of Barrie, Ontario, Canada, played in all 82 regular season games for the San Jose Sharks in 2016-17, and he helped his club qualify for the playoffs in the Western Conference. Burns led all NHL defencemen in goals (29), points (76), points per game (0.93), game-winning goals (6), and his total shots on goal (320) led the league, while he finished ninth in league scoring. Burns also set single-season franchise records for goals and points by a defenceman. He is the first defenceman to be voted a finalist in 17 years (since Chris Pronger, 1999-00); if selected, he would become only the second defenceman (following Bobby Orr, 1974-75) to receive the Award. Burns is a first-time Ted Lindsay Award finalist.

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Masterton Trophy Finalists: Anderson vs. Cogliano vs. Ryan

Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators, Andrew Cogliano of the Anaheim Ducks, and Derek Ryan of the Carolina Hurricanes are the finalists for the 2016-17 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. It is awarded “to the player who best
exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to
hockey.”

Local chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) submit their nomination for the award at the end of each season. The members of the PHWA vote on the three finalists.

Who is taking home the Masterton Trophy this year?

Why Craig Anderson Deserves The Masterton

From the NHL:

Anderson recorded a successful season for the Senators while supporting his wife, Nicholle, in her fight against a rare form of throat cancer. After leaving the Senators in October to be with Nicholle, Anderson returned to the club at her urging on Oct. 29 when the Senators lost goaltender Andrew Hammond to a groin injury. He left the team in early December to be at Nicholle’s side while she underwent treatment and came back after the All-Star break. Anderson backstopped the Senators to a Stanley Cup Playoff berth by winning 25 of his 40 starts, surpassed the 500 career game milestone and, on March 11, became the Senators’ all-time wins leader (147).

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Selke Trophy Finalists: Bergeron vs. Kesler vs. Koivu

The NHL announced Wednesday Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, Ryan Kesler of the Anaheim Ducks, and Mikko Koivu of the Minnesota Wild are the finalists for the 2016-17 Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is awarded to “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” And by that, it means ‘best two-way center.’

The award is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

So, who will pick up the hardware at the T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas on June 21?

Why Patrice Bergeron Deserves The Selke

From the NHL:

Bergeron was the NHL’s busiest player in the face-off circle for third consecutive season, leading the League with 1,812 draws and 1,089 wins. His face-off win percentage of 60.1% ranked third in the NHL. Bergeron also ranked first overall in the team puck possession metric SAT (shot attempts differential), as the Bruins registered 439 more shot attempts than they allowed when Bergeron was on the ice while each team had five skaters per side. The three-time Selke winner is a finalist for the sixth consecutive year, matching the streak of Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk (2008 through 2013) as the longest since the award was introduced in 1978.

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Mystery solved! Why did Tony X, fan sensation, no-show NHL Awards?

LAS VEGAS — Tony X. sprang into popularity this year as the newest fan to the great sport of hockey and more specifically the St. Louis Blues. He was so popular (by NHL standards) that he was asked to attend to the NHL Awards in Las Vegas as a guest of the League.

At 5:19am PT time, Mr. X tweeted out a picture of a Southwest ticket.

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Sources close to the event were under the impression that Tony X’s flight was cancelled. The same sources have been unsuccessful at getting in contact with Tony X today at all. They don’t know if he made it to Vegas.

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