Penguins' Crosby is twice NHL MVP
By Greg Beacham ,AP
June 26, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
Seven years after Sidney Crosby won his first Hart Trophy, the Pittsburgh captain has been recognized as the NHL's most valuable player once again.
After his first full season without major injuries since 2010, the Penguins center cleaned up at the NHL's awards show in Las Vegas on Tuesday to cap a fruitful year that included a second gold medal as Canada's captain at the Sochi Olympics.
Crosby also collected the Art Ross Trophy as the league scoring champion and the Ted Lindsay Award as the players' choice for the NHL's most outstanding player.
In a modest acceptance speech, Crosby thanked his teammates and family.
“I appreciate all the sacrifices you've made to allow me to play the game I love every day,” Crosby said.
Crosby won his second NHL scoring title with 104 points, including 68 assists in his fifth career 100-point season. Crosby scored in 60 of his 80 games, never going more than two games without a point for the Metropolitan Division champion Penguins.
Crosby hadn't won the Hart Trophy since 2007, when he led the NHL in scoring as a 19-year-old prodigy. This time around, Sid the Kid handily beat out Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf and Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux, receiving 128 of the 137 first-place votes from a panel of hockey writers. Getzlaf finished second.
“You play for the big one that the Kings have here tonight, but this is definitely nice,” Crosby told the NHL Network, referring to the Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup title.
Crosby was particularly honored by his second straight Ted Lindsay Award. Crosby received the Lindsay from his fellow players last season, but was beaten out by Washington's Alex Ovechkin for the Hart.
“Those are the guys that you compete against every night,” Crosby said. “Knowing that and being selected, it's an honor and a compliment.”
Boston's Tuukka Rask won the Vezina Trophy as the best goaltender, and Bruins teammate Patrice Bergeron won his second Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward. Chicago's Duncan Keith won his second Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman.
Colorado coach Patrick Roy won the Adams Award in his first season, while Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon became the youngest player to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.
The winners of the league's statistical awards also were recognized at the ceremony in the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.
Ovechkin accepted his fourth Richard Trophy as the NHL's top goal-scorer, while Jonathan Quick and the Kings won their first Jennings Trophy for the NHL's fewest goals allowed.
Dominic Moore of the New York Rangers won the Masterton Trophy, an award for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly won the Lady Byng Trophy for his sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct after scoring a career-best 64 points while committing just one minor penalty all year.
Anaheim general manager Bob Murray was voted the NHL's general manager of the year after building the Ducks into the two-time Pacific Division champions and the Western Conference's top regular-season team.