Perry takes top NHL award
The Anaheim Ducks forward, who scored a league-best 50 goals, won the Hart Trophy on Wednesday night. His surprise win came at the expense of scoring champion Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks, who was trying to complete an unprecedented MVP double dip after his twin brother and teammate Henrik took the honors last year.
Perry wasn’t planning on standing in the way.
“You didn’t know what to expect coming in, and then all of a sudden you hear your name and you’re like, ’Oh,’” Perry said. “It surprised me.”
Perry’s win capped the two-hour NHL Awards ceremony and a season in which he surged to the goal title, scoring 19 times in his final 16 games. During that stretch, Anaheim moved from 11th to fourth in the Western Conference.
“You always want to build on the year before and I think it’s a steady increase,” Perry said. “Hopefully it keeps increasing.”
Perry got 67 of 126 first place votes from the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. Sedin had 51 first-place votes.
Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis, who won the Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly and excellent play, was the third MVP finalist—well behind Perry and Sedin with only one first-place vote.
The Sedins didn’t pull off the back-to-back MVP wins, but they do own the past two scoring titles. Daniel won it this season with 104 points — including 41 goals. He was second in the league with a plus-30 rating.
The scoring title earned him the Art Ross Trophy, and the players voted him most valuable for the Ted Lindsay Award.
Sedin said he wasn’t disappointed that he failed to follow his brother with the Hart Trophy.
“Corey had an amazing season, a great finish and he carried the team a lot of times,” Sedin said. “I expected him to win it and he did, so for me that’s no disappointment. I was nominated, so that’s good enough.”
St. Louis had 68 assists, second to Henrik Sedin’s 75, and was second to Daniel Sedin with 99 points.
Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom returned to the awards platform by winning his seventh Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman, beating out Nashville’s Shea Weber and Boston’s Zdeno Chara.
Lidstrom tied Doug Harvey as a seven-time winner, one behind record-holder Bobby Orr.
Lidstrom won the award for the first time since 2008, the last of his second three-peat. His win came at the start of a glammed-up show in Sin City, where the league honored its brightest stars from the 2010-11 season.
Tim Thomas added his second Vezina Trophy to go with his recent Stanley Cup title. The Boston Bruins goalie earned top NHL honors after a stellar season that culminated in his first championship.
Last updated: 5:35 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012