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Added June 23rd, 2011 by Chalk

Thomas Wins Vezina, Lidstrom Takes Norris
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The NHL handed out its annual awards on Wednesday night in Las Vegas, and Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas again got the better of Vancouver Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo.  Thomas beat out Luongo and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators to win his second Vezina Trophy, the award for the league’s best goalie. Besides Thomas, they were some surprising award recipients.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara didn’t win the Norris Trophy for best defenseman, which instead went to 41-year-old Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings, who has now won the award seven times in his illustrious, lengthy career. Chara had to settle for the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry won the Hart Trophy as league MVP, beating out Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Martin St. Louis.  Perry led the NHL with 50 goals this season — thanks partly to Sidney Crosby being on concussion vacation for most of the year and Alexander Ovechkin having a down year — but even Perry was surprised when his name was called.

Thomas is the first goalie since Bernie Parent in 1975 to win the Stanley Cup, the Conn Smythe Trophy (playoffs MVP) and the Vezina in the same year.  He’s also only the third Bruins goalie to win two Vezinas.

 
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