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2011 NHL Awards Results | Thursday NHL Gossip

June 23rd NHL Hockey News: Cappers Picks Headlines – Daily Sports Gossip

NHL news: Perry, Thomas, Lidstrom lead award winners

The NHL Awards went down last night; the winners provided a mixture of old and new faces.

The Hart Trophy was a minor upset, as Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry beat out Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin to capture the league MVP award. Perry led the league with 50 goals this season, including 11 game-winners.

Perry, Thomas, Lidstrom lead award winners

Not surprisingly, Tim Thomas put the cherry on top of what might go down as the greatest season ever by an NHL goaltender. He won his second Vezina Trophy in three years last night and the Bruins puckstopper combines that hardware with a Stanley Cup ring and a pile of single-season records, including highest save percentage (.938).

The voters may have gotten a bit sentimental with the Norris Trophy. They gave it to Nicklas Lidstrom for the seventh time. The Detroit Red Wings defenseman is among the greatest of all time and had 62 points this season…but he was a minus-2. Zdeno Chara, also nominated, was plus-33. Think the voters got it wrong this time.

Other winners included Ryan Kesler (best defensive forward), Jeff Skinner (top rookie), Dan Bylsma (coach of the year), Daniel Sedin (MVP as voted by the players), Martin St. Louis (most sportsmanlike) and Chara (Mark Messier leadership award).

Stamkos to adorn NHL 12 cover

The EA Sports cover curse doesn’t really seem to apply to hockey. After all, Patrick Kane scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal the year he graced the cover of NHL 10. So Steven Stamkos doesn’t have to worry about superstition. The Tampa sniper has been named the NHL 12 cover boy. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

Winnipeg coach, name revealed this weekend

Quick Winnipeg update: The team will announce its new coach and nickname this weekend. Fingers crossed for the Jets!

Today’s sports water cooler talk. Here, you won’t just find the straight news; you’ll find the stuff everyone is talking about – the ice breakers, the Twitter Sports Picks and topics…well, basically all the stuff you discuss at the water cooler.


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