Maple Leafs star Matthews honored as NHL MVP


TAMPA, Fla. — Toronto Maple Leafs star ahead Auston Matthews collected the Hart Trophy because the NHL’s Most worthy participant and the Ted Lindsay Award because the NHLPA’s most excellent participant on the NHL Awards on Tuesday evening.

Matthews, 24, scored 60 targets, main the NHL for the second straight season. He set a Maple Leafs franchise report and the single-season report for many targets by an American-born participant. He led the NHL in even-strength targets (44), targets per recreation (0.82) and photographs (348). He was tied for sixth in factors with 106 — the best complete of his profession.

“I feel it is a great honor to put on the blue and white, signify the town of Toronto and put on the Maple Leaf each evening,” he mentioned. “Each time you get your title etched in historical past, with a company like that, it is one thing I do not take without any consideration.”

Matthews earned 119 first-place votes for the Hart Trophy, which is voted on by the Skilled Hockey Writers Affiliation (PHWA). Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers was second within the voting, and New York Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin was third.

Matthews is the primary Maple Leafs participant to win the NHLPA’s most excellent participant award, which is voted on by the gamers and was first handed out in 1971. He’s the second American-born participant to win it, becoming a member of Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane (2015-16). McDavid and Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi have been the runners-up for the Ted Lindsay.

“I am not going to deceive you, it feels actually good,” Matthews mentioned. “It is particular to have my household right here with me. There are numerous nice gamers in that room.”

The closest vote of the evening was for the Norris Trophy, given to the NHL’s greatest defenseman by the PHWA. Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar gained his first Norris with 1,631 factors within the voting, with 92 first-place votes. Josi was second (1,606) with extra first-place votes than Makar (98). The factors allocation on the poll, which ranks the highest 5 selections, is 10-7-5-3-1. Makar was named on 195 ballots, whereas Josi was named on 194.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman was third for the Norris.

Each Hedman and Makar will play in Sport 4 of the Stanley Cup Closing on Wednesday evening.

“I really feel like as soon as it is all mentioned and carried out, you’ll be able to get pleasure from [the award],” Makar mentioned. “However for me proper now, I’ve already kinda forgot about it. You need to transfer on. Clearly, it is bizarre circumstances with [the awards] being offered earlier than the season’s over. As a group, we put ourselves in an ideal spot proper now. We simply must capitalize on that.”

Shesterkin gained the Vezina Trophy because the league’s prime goaltender, which is voted on by the NHL’s normal managers. The opposite finalists have been runner-up selection Jacob Markstrom of the Calgary Flames and Juuse Saros of the Predators.

“It means quite a bit for me,” mentioned Shesterkin, who accomplished his third NHL season. “I did not give it some thought after I got here to the NHL. However generally you suppose perhaps I’ve an opportunity. Within the first preseason recreation in opposition to the Islanders, I did not play. One small little one [fan] confirmed me an image with myself and it mentioned, ‘Future Vezina Trophy winner.’ I feel, ‘Why not?’ We’ve got a very good group for that.”

Shesterkin led the NHL with a 2.07 goals-against common and a .935 save proportion in 53 video games, main the Rangers to 110 regular-season factors, the third-highest complete in franchise historical past. He was a first-time Vezina nominee and joined Henrik Lundqvist and John Vanbiesbrouck as Rangers who gained the Vezina because the present standards for the award was set in 1981-82.

Some anticipated he may very well be a unanimous selection, however Carolina’s Frederik Andersen, Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy and the New York IslandersIlya Sorokin additionally had first-place votes.

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider gained the Calder Memorial Trophy for rookie of the yr, as voted on by the PHWA. He performed all 82 video games for the Crimson Wings and averaged 23:02 in ice time per recreation, tops amongst rookies. He led all rookie defensemen in factors (50), the third-highest for a first-year blueliner within the final 30 years. He led all rookies in assists (43) and power-play factors (21).

Seider earned a giant snort on the awards present when he talked about his mother and father weren’t in attendance as a result of they’d simply gotten again from trip in Croatia.

“They scheduled their trip and there have been simply not any extra days to flee from dwelling,” he mentioned. “They undoubtedly watched. Very proud to carry one thing again [for them].”

Seider collected 170 first-place votes. Trevor Zegras, the Anaheim Ducks ahead who created a number of highlight-reel targets this season, was second with 15 first-place votes. Maple Leafs rookie Michael Bunting, who was notable for being 26 years previous, was third within the voting.

Julien BriseBois of the Lightning, Chris Drury of the Rangers and Joe Sakic of the Avalanche are the three finalists for the 2021-22 Jim Gregory Common Supervisor of the 12 months Award. The winner will likely be introduced on the NHL draft subsequent month in Montreal.

The NHL Awards have been held at Armature Works on the off day between Video games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Closing.

The league beforehand introduced a number of awards through the playoffs: Mark Messier NHL Management Award: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings; Jack Adams Award: Daryl Sutter, Flames; Invoice Masterton Memorial Trophy: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens; Willie O’Ree Neighborhood Hero Award: Noel Acton of Baltimore. Frank J. Selke Trophy for greatest defensive ahead: Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins; Girl Byng Memorial Trophy for many gentlemanly participant: Kyle Connor, Winnipeg Jets; King Clancy Memorial Trophy for neighborhood service: P.K. Subban, New Jersey Devils.

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