NHL Awards Show: LIVE blog as NHL hardware handed out in Vegas

P.K. Subban and the Jabbawockeez. (Getty Images)
P.K. Subban and the Jabbawockeez. We don’t know what else to say. (Getty Images)

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If you’re really desperate for a hockey fix now that the season is over, the NHL is giving at least some semblance of a little more hockey in the form of the NHL Awards Show Tuesday night from Las Vegas and we’re covering the … event, here.

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8:58 ET: Finally, to (thankfully) close out the evening, Sidney Crosby is named the winner of the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP, the second of his career. Crosby beat out fellow finalists Claude Giroux and Ryan Getzlaf to win, just as he did earlier with the Ted Lindsay Award.

This couldn’t have been a difficult choice for most voters. Crosby carried the Penguins this season, posting 104 points, while drawing incredible attention from every team. He also played nearly 22 minutes a night and took 259 shots, which was 12th most in the league.

Crosby drives the bus for the Penguins, which is a team that needs its top players to do a lot. Thirty six goals and a league-best 68 points is more than enough to earn Crosby his second Hart Trophy. He certainly asserted himself as the league’s best player in 2013-14.

We present to you the top 10 in the voting for the Hart, obviously it was a runaway.

1. Sidney Crosby, PIT 1341 (128-8-1-0-0)
2. Ryan Getzlaf, ANA 877 (5-96-28-5-0)
3. Claude Giroux, PHI 435 (2-15-42-27-19)
4. Semyon Varlamov, COL 256 (1-8-23-22-9)
5. Patrice Bergeron, BOS 137 (0-4-9-17-13)
6. Tyler Seguin, DAL 84 (0-1-6-12-11)
7. Joe Pavelski, SJ 71 (0-0-3-11-23)
8. Anze Kopitar, LA 58 (0-0-4-9-11)
9. Jonathan Toews, CHI 53 (0-2-4-4-7)
10. Ben Bishop, TB 52 (0-0-5-6-9)

8:50 ET: We’re almost to the end of the night and it’s actually time for an award that has some real suspense, the Vezina Trophy. This season’s best goalie was Tuukka Rask from the Bruins, beating out Ben Bishop and Semyon Varlamov for the award.

When it comes right down to the numbers, Rask had them. He led the league with a .930 save percentage and helped the Bruins win the President’s Trophy as the team’s regular season champion. He allowed two goals or less in 37 of his 58 starts, which is just incredible. Rask posted a 2.04 goals-against average, while facing 1,641 shots on goal.

This looked to be a pretty tight race between Rask and Semyon Varlamov, but either way, you can’t argue with what Rask did and how he helped the Bruins amass the league’s best record.

The final voting, where somehow Jonathan Quick snuck into the top five …

1. Tuukka Rask, BOS 103 (16-6-5)
2. Semyon Varlamov, COL 90 (9-13-6)
3. Ben Bishop, TB 32 (1-6-9)
4. Carey Price, MTL 26 (2-3-7)
5. Jonathan Quick, LA 9 (1-1-1)

8:43 ET: Woo, more Subban, and now in a different yet still colorful suit to boot! He along with Dustin Brown and Ryan Getzlaf come out to announce the GM of the Year Award winner where their three GMs were the finalists. And the award goes to … Bob Murray from the Ducks.

Looking at what the Ducks did in the offseason, particularly offloading Bobby Ryan, Murray was able to still put together a remarkable team that doesn’t break the bank. He maximized the value for a great scorer in that trade and made a few subtle moves throughout the season to ensure the Ducks had a team that was able to outlast the rest of the extremely tough Pacific Division. What is most impressive about Murray however isn’t what he’s done over one year, but how the team has drafted of late and his ability to re-sign franchise stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

He has the cornerstones in place and they have a lot of young talent in the system to be competitive for a while.

This is an award selected mainly by peers and a panel of experts and Murray clearly has the respect of his peers which can go a long way. Having the best team in an extremely difficult conference is pretty remarkable. The Ducks finished just one point away from the Bruins for the President’s Trophy as the league’s best team.

The final tally:

1. Bob Murray, ANA 66 (9-6-3)
2. Marc Bergevin, MTL 49 (7-4-2)
3. Dean Lombardi, LA 33 (3-4-6)
4. Stan Bowman, CHI 29 (3-4-2)
5. Jim Nill, DAL 27 (4-0-7)

8:35 ET: After some kind of hockey audio remix something or other, Whoopi Goldberg hits the screen to introduce the Lady Byng Trophy, so calling all Gentlemen! After that somebody named Michael Vartan comes out to announce Ryan O’Reilly from the Colorado Avalanche is the winner. He beat out Patrick Marleau and Martin St. Louis.

How does a player that plays 80 games a year and get just one minor penalty? O’Reilly seemed to find a way to do that. He has a fair amount of grit to his game, but his offensive skills really took over as he helped the Avalanche to a dramatic turnaround season. He is only the second player in the league’s history to be penalized two minutes or less over 80 games.

It’s really just remarkable. The funniest part about O’Reilly’s nearly spotless campaign, though? The penalty was for playing with a broken stick. He didn’t even commit a real egregious infraction. It’s pretty incredible.

They say this is an award that no NHL player wants to win, but this is one of the most impressive Lady Byng wins in the history of the league.

Your top five in the final voting:

1. Ryan O’Reilly, COL 1181 (110-5-8-1-3)
2. Martin St. Louis, NYR 358 (4-20-27-11-10)
3. Patrick Marleau, SJ 323 (3-15-23-21-10)
4. Tyler Seguin, DAL 289 (2-23-15-7-12)
5. Frans Nielsen, NYI 182 (1-15-6-9-10)

8:25 ET: Hey, a live musical act. Pia Toscano isn’t singing, but instead the Kings’ anthem singer introduces Matisyahu to come out and sing his song about the Kings’ championship season. He’s either wearing capris or sweat pants … maybe both.

8:20 ET: Hey, a little drama! James Lipton gives a little video snippet to set up the Jack Adams Award presentation which then calls upon Danny DeKeyser, Semyon Varlamov and Tyler Johnson to name the winner … Avalanche coach Patrick Roy.

In his first season as an NHL head coach, Roy takes home the Jack Adams Award. He engineered one of the most dramatic turnarounds in the NHL. After finishing with the second worst record in the league, the Avs had the third best record in 2013-14. Roy was fiery on the bench and candid in the media.

The Avalanche won 52 games last season, winning the Central Division which included heavyweights like the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues. He took virtually the same roster the team had the season before and got so much more out of them. Of course, Semyon Varlamov had a lot to do with the Avs’ success, but it’s hard to deny how much better the Avs looked from last year to this year and it all started with movement at the top.

Roy beat out Jon Cooper, who also engineered an amazing turnaround with Tampa Bay and Mike Babcock who dealt with some incredible adversity to help the Red Wings keep their playoff streak alive.

The top six on the voting …

1. Patrick Roy, COL 399 (68-19-2)
2. Mike Babcock, DET 163 (11-31-15)
3. Jon Cooper, TB 136 (5-29-24)
4. Claude Julien, BOS 68 (6-8-14)
5. Bruce Boudreau, ANA 24 (1-4-7)
6. Craig Berube, PHI 23 (1-4-6)

8:12 ET: Duncan Keith takes home his second Norris Trophy after an extremely productive season, leading all defensemen with 55 assists and finishing with 61 points, second among all defenseman. He last won the award in 2009-10. Keith was the top defenseman for Chicago, averaging nearly 25 minutes a night and anchored one of the league’s best defenses.

Keith may come as a surprise to some as he did not garner the toughest defensive assignments on the team. That often went to Niklas Hjalmarsson, but Keith remains one of the best two-way defenders in the league. Blinding speed and a great stick has kept him one of the tougher guys to beat.

Here’s how the voting shook out among the top six. The drop to No. 7 (Erik Karlsson) was pretty steep.

1. Duncan Keith, CHI 1033 (68-35-17-7-2)
2. Zdeno Chara, BOS 667 (21-39-22-19-17)
3. Shea Weber, NSH 638 (26-23-29-19-15)
4. Ryan Suter, MIN 351 (9-12-20-22-11)
5. Alex Pietrangelo, STL 304 (3-13-18-25-18)
6. Drew Doughty, LA 284 (8-6-17-18-23)

8:10 ET: It’s Patrice Bergeron night! The Bruins center gets another honor, this time being named the cover athlete for EA Sports’ NHL 15, beating out P.K. Subban in a tweet-off battle. It’s then awarded in a dance-off by the Jabbawockeez. At least that was performed live, as evidenced by Eddie Olcyzk staring blankly at the teleprompter for a good two seconds.

This is really happening.

8:02 ET: The show goes on but we are so disappointed that Cuba Gooding Jr. is done for the rest of the night. He just saved the Awards Show, though we’re sure the league will feel differently.

7:59 ET: Mark Messier comes out to announce the Messier Leadership Award recipient and that goes to Dustin Brown of the Kings as Cuba was so excited to announce. Please don’t let Cuba leave the stage.

7:53 ET: Patrice Bergeron gets his named called again tonight as now he takes home the NHL Foundation Player Award for all of his work off the ice. Meanwhile, Cuba Gooding Jr. is just yelling names and making Adam Graves a touch uncomfortable by his side.

Not to rain on Bergeron’s parade but this is a pretty common question right about now …

7:51 ET: Another previously known award, Andrew Ference receives his King Clancy Trophy for all of his work off the ice in Edmonton with a great video that captures all that he does on and off the ice.

7:47 ET: In an award that we already knew, Alex Ovechkin is given his Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal-scorer this season. Ovi then gives a shoutout to his coach who is no longer employed by the Caps. Good times.

7:44 ET: Doc Emrick really does liven just about anything, doesn’t he? The great hockey voice did some play-by-play for bubble hockey matches on the Red Carpet earlier. Of course he was good.

7:40 ET: From one award right to the next. Retta and Luc Robitaille share some witty banter before announcing that Nathan MacKinnon of the Avalanche is the winner of the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie. He beat out Lightning teammates Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson for the award.

MacKinnon was a runaway choice as was to be expected after he led all rookies in goals (tied) and assists (and of course points then, too). The No. 1 overall pick last summer by the Avalanche, MacKinnon was slowly worked into the lineup but thrust into a bigger role as the season wore on and he delivered. MacKinnon’s best run of the season produced a 13-game points streak, surpassing Wayne Gretzky for the best such streak by a player 18 or younger in NHL history.

Because the field was so deep for this award we’re going to show the top 10 in voting.

1. Nathan MacKinnon, COL 1347 (130-6-1-0-0)
2. Ondrej Palat, TB 791 (5-78-29-15-5)
3. Tyler Johnson, TB 352 (0-13-29-30-26)
4. Torey Krug, BOS 287 (1-9-23-25-24)
5. Olli Maatta, PIT 225 (0-11-18-16-10)
6. Jacob Trouba, WPG 213 (1-11-17-9-14)
7. Hampus Lindholm, ANA 208 (0-7-15-22-18)
8. Sean Monahan, CGY 38 (0-2-2-3-5)
9. Frederik Andersen, ANA 25 (0-0-0-4-13)
10. Chris Kreider, NYR 20 (0-0-1-3-6)

7:34 ET: Peverley remains on the stage to present the Masterton Trophy to Dominic Moore of the Rangers. The Masterton goes to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. Moore beat out Jaromir Jagr and Manny Malhotra for the award.

This is the award that it stinks Moore is honored for as it comes from a gut-wrenching situation. Moore returned to hockey this season after taking a year off to be by the side of his wife Katie, who died of liver cancer.

Moore returned this season and had a strong campaign on the energy lines for the Rangers, helping them reach the Stanley Cup Final.

7:32 ET: Ah, a great moment in the show. Rich Peverley is welcomed to the stage to a standing ovation. Strombo then leads Peverley through a bit of an emotional interview. Pevs said he watched the video of what happened the next day and that his recovery is going well. This might be the best moment of the night.

7:25 ET: Oh boy … Strombo calls Bergeron back up to take a Selke instead of a Selfie. Get it?! That’s followed up by a short skit. Only 90 minutes to go, folks …

7:22 ET: On to the next award (thankfully). Michael Peca (!) helps with the presentation of the Selke Trophy to Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins. To win the Selke, Bergeron beats out Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Toews.

As was the case for Crosby and the Lindsay, it was little surprise to see Bergeron win the award, he truly is the epitome of a perfect two-way player who really excels in the defensive end. It was the third straight year he was a finalist for the Selke and the second time he won it in that span.

Here is how the top five in voting looked:

1. Patrice Bergeron, BOS 1,283 (112-21-2-2-0)
2. Anze Kopitar, LA 840 (20-66-26-15-3)
3. Jonathan Toews, CHI 624 (2-36-57-20-7)
4. David Backes, STL 415 (3-5-31-59-18)
5. Marian Hossa, CHI 66 (0-5-2-2-15)

7:16 ET: So Philip Phillips was billed as a performer tonight. Little did we know he wouldn’t even be there live to perform but instead do a music video in different places from Las Vegas. This show needs a lot more Subban and a lot less everything else.

7:14 ET: Major kudos to P.K. Subban for trying to bring some life to a Crosby interview. Subban has enough charisma to make any interview tolerable at least. This is what you’re missing if you aren’t watching.

7:10 ET: We have our first award of the night right out of the gate and it’s a biggie: the Ted Lindsay Award given to the Most Outstanding Player as voted by the players. Eric Stonestreet welcomes Ted Lindsay himself on stage to hand the award out to Sidney Crosby over Claude Giroux and Ryan Getzlaf. Just a hunch that Crosby will have his name called again tonight.

This is Crosby’s third Lindsay Award including his second in a row after taking it last season despite not winning the Hart Trophy. Crosby also won the award in 2006-07. This award figured to have little suspense as Crosby ran away with the points race this season in the NHL, finishing with 36 goals and 68 assists while leading a depleted Penguins team to the Metro Division title.

Oh, and in addition to a nice trophy, Crosby also gets this: “In recognition of being named the 2013-14 Ted Lindsay Award recipient, Crosby will receive an elegant men’s watch from Breitling.”

7:05 ET: Hey, a somewhat funny joke! Strombo (I can’t spell his full name) makes a Semyon Varlamov being pulled by Patrick Roy joke! It even got a chuckle out of Roy so that’s something.

7:02 ET: The show is two minutes old …

7 ET: As the show opens on NBCSN, the voice-over calls this the biggest night in the NHL. So it’s going to be a night full of hyperbole, huh? OK then.

6:53 ET: If you’re feeling so inclined to see the fashion from the Red Carpet, we’ll have a wrap after the show. Varlamov is going to be tough to beat but as you can see in the photo up top, P.K. Subban is in the competition for best-dressed too because we like daring.

6:49 ET: I’m not entirely sure what Semyon Varlamov is saying to Alex Ovechkin here but his suit game is pretty outstanding. What is it with Russian goalies and great suits?

6:45 ET, Red Carpet Show: Not only does the NHL feel the need to stretch out the award presentations into an Oscar/Prom-style event, but they have a two-hour Red Carpet show to boot. It’s about what you’d expect so be glad we’re skipping ahead pretty much to the start of the show (we’ll wait to see if that’s any better).


What: NHL Awards Show

When: Tuesday night, 7 ET

Where: Wynn Las Vegas

Where can I watch? If you feel so inclined, the Red Carpet Show is on NHL Network and then the show picks up at 7 ET on NBCSN.

Who will be there? Besides the NHL stars up for awards, such stars as Colin Hanks, David Boreanaz, Cuba Gooding Jr., Eric Stonestreet and host George Stroumboulopoulos.

Who will win? You have to watch to find out but Chris Peters delivered his predictions here.

Article source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/24596476/nhl-awards-show-live-blog-as-nhl-hardware-handed-out-in-vegas

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