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Detroit Red Wings defender Moritz Seider (53) appears to be like on throughout an NHL hockey recreation in opposition to Ottawa Senators at Little Caesars Arena on Friday, April 1, 2022, in Detroit, Michigan (Adam Niemi/The Daily Mining Gazette)

TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Toronto’s Auston Matthews received the Hart Trophy because the NHL’s most dear participant on Tuesday evening, turning into the third Maple Leaf to win the award and the primary since Ted Kennedy in 1954-55.

The 24-year-old ahead obtained 119 first-place votes within the poll by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association and completed nicely forward of Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and New York Rangers’ Igor Shesterkin for the glory awarded in the course of the NHL Awards Show.

“I can’t lie, it tastes really good. … It’s quite special,” Matthews mentioned although he acknowledged there have been some bitter emotions about accepting the award in Tampa, the place two-time reigning champion Lightning and Colorado Avalanche will meet in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday.

“There is some anxiety, hope you are still playing,” mentioned Matthew.

Shesterkin claims the Vezina Trophy because the league’s prime scorer. Cale Maker of Colorado took the Norris Trophy, which is awarded to the very best defender within the league, and Moritz Seider of Detroit claimed the Calder Trophy as the highest rookie.

Matthews grew to become the primary participant to attain 60 objectives since Steven Stamkos of Tampa Bay 10 years in the past, serving to the Maple Leafs (54-21-7, 115 factors) set a franchise file for wins and factors. Toronto misplaced to two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning within the first spherical of the playoffs.

The Maple Leafs star, who recorded a profession finest with 46 assists and 106 factors, additionally took house the Ted Lindsay Award as essentially the most excellent participant of the common season, an honor decided by a vote by members of the NHL Players Association.

Shesterkin grew to become the third Rangers goalkeeper in 40 years to win Vezina, becoming a member of Henrik Lundqvist (2011-12) and John Vanbiesbrouck (1985-86). He went 36-13-4 with an NHL-best 2.07 goals-to-average and 0.935 save proportion earlier than main a playoff run that ended in opposition to Tampa Bay within the Eastern Conference finals.

Seider is the primary Red Winger to win the Calder Cup since goalkeeper Roger Crozier in the course of the 1964–65 season. He led all first-year defenders by 50 factors and completed forward of Michael Bunting of Toronto and Trevor Zegras of Anaheim within the voting for the award.

Maker is the fifth defender to win Norris in his first three common seasons, becoming a member of Adam Fox, Erik Karlsson, Denis Potvin and Bobby Orr (twice). He led all defenders with 28 objectives whereas serving to Avalanche end the sport with a Western Conference finest 119 factors (56-19-7).

The 2019-20 Calder Trophy winner beat Victor Hedman of Tampa Bay and Roman Josi of Nashville.

“They are extraordinary players,” Maker says concerning the different Norris finalists. “They pushed me hard all season.”

Jacob Markstrom of Calgary and Juuse Saros of Nashville had been finalists for Vezina.

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