Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Sidney Crosby wins NHL MVP; Lightning shut out of trophies

LAS VEGAS — Seven years after Sidney Crosby won his first Hart Trophy, the Pittsburgh captain has been recognized as the NHL's best once again.

Crosby was named most valuable player for the second time Tuesday at the league's awards ceremony on a night when four members of the Lightning were nominated but none won.

After his first full season without major injuries since 2010, the Penguins' 26-year-old center capped 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 outstanding player.

Crosby thanked his teammates and family, saying: "I appreciate all the sacrifices you've made to allow me to play the game I love every day."

Crosby won his second NHL scoring title with 104 points, including 68 assists in his fifth career 100-point season.

Boston goalie Tuukka Rask won the Vezina Trophy, with Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop third. Boston's Patrice Bergeron won his second Selke Trophy (best defensive forward), and Chicago's Duncan Keith won his second Norris Trophy (top defenseman).

The all-league first team was Crosby, Keith, Rask, Ducks forward Corey Perry, Stars forward Jamie Benn and Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara.

Colorado coach Patrick Roy won the Adams Award, while Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon became the youngest player to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.

Both beat Lightning candidates. MacKinnon was up against two, Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson.

Roy, in his first season behind the bench, was up against the Lightning's Jon Cooper, who finished third, and Detroit's Mike Babcock. Cooper, in his first full season coaching Tampa Bay, received five first-place votes.

MacKinnon garnered 130 of 137 first-place votes. Palat finished second and got five first-place votes, while Johnson was third. Both Johnson and Palat were named to the league's all-rookie team.

Dominic Moore of the New York Rangers, a former Lightning player, won the Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication.

Lightning, Callahan close: The Lightning and veteran wing Ryan Callahan are on the verge of a long-term deal, which could be set today. Callahan, 29, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent July 1. Terms weren't available, but the deal is believed to be in excess of five years and up to $5.5 million annually. Callahan was acquired from the Rangers in March in the Marty St. Louis trade.

Kings: Goalie Jonathan Quick will be off the ice for up to three months after wrist surgery.

Times staff writer Joe Smith contributed to this report.

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