Crosby wins Lester B. Pearson Award; Malkin receives Calder Trophy
Thursday, June 14, 2007
By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
TORONTO -- Penguins center Sidney Crosby tonight became the youngest player to win the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP and the Lester B. Pearson Award, given to the NHL's outstanding player as voted by his peers, and teammate Evgeni Malkin won the Calder Trophy as the league's best rookie at the league's annual awards show.
It was something of a clean sweep for Crosby, who already won the Art Ross Trophy as the league's leading scorer with 120 points and earlier yesterday was named to the first team on the NHL postseason All-Star team.
In the Hart voting, Crosby led the way with 1,225 points, including 91 of 143 first-place votes. Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo was second with 801 points, New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur third with 763.
Teammates Malkin and Jordan Staal were named to the All-Rookie team.
Malkin, 20, was the second overall pick in the 2004 draft and joined the Penguins last summer after a tense separation from his Russian team. Despite that and a language barrier, he led all rookies and was 18th in the NHL with 85 points.
He received 120 of 143 first-place Calder votes and 1,357 points. Colorado's Paul Stastny was second with 965 points, Staal third with 565.
Staal, 18, scored 29 goals, including a rookie-record and league-best seven shorthanded.
The Penguins' Michel Therrien was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, given to the Coach of the Year, but that went to Alain Vigneault of Vancouver. Therrien, in his first full season with the Penguins, guided the team to 105 points, 47 better than a year ago, and to the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
Also on the first All-Star team are right winger Dany Heatley of Ottawa, left winger Alex Ovechkin of Washington, defensemen Niklas Lidstrom of Detroit and Scott Niedermayer of Anaheim and goaltender Martin Brodeur of New Jersey.
The All-Rookie team also includes defensemen Matt Carle and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, both of San Jose, Stastny and goaltender Mike Smith of Dallas.