Congratulations to Henrik Lundqvist and Steven Stamkos for being nominated for this year's Hart Trophy. The Hart Trophy is given out each year to the MVP of the league.
Already established as one of the elite goaltenders in the league, Henrik Lundqvist took his game to another level this season. He had a career high 39 wins along with a 1.97 goals-against average and .930 save percentage, both personal bests. Throw in eight shutouts and there is no questioning who the Rangers MVP was this year.
Lundqvist also became the first goalie in NHL history to record 30 or more wins in his first seven seasons in the league. It is the first time since 2006-07 that a goaltender has finished in the top three in Hart Trophy voting.
Steven Stamkos left no doubt that he is the elite goal scorer in the league today. Stamkos' scored a career high 60 goals this season and became just the 20th player in league history to reach the exclusive club.
Stamkos also had 37 assists for a career best 97 points. 48 of Stamkos' 60 goals were scored at even strength this season, the highest total by any NHL player since 1993.
With his 60 goals, Stamkos also won his second Rocket Richard Trophy, given each year to the player who has the most goals.
Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves and Marc Staal scored his first goal of the playoffs to lead the Rangers to a 2-1 win against the Ottawa Senators in Game 7.
"It's just a great feeling," Lundqvist said. "Doing it together, especially the way we played the whole series as a team. So we will enjoy this tonight, and then we will start all over again."
In the seven games series, Lundqvist had a 1.70 GAA, a .945 save percentage and one shutout.
The Rangers will now face Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals in the second round. Game 1 is Saturday at 3pm EST on NBC.
Congratulations to Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers on being named one of the finalists for this year's Vezina Trophy. The Vezina Trophy is given out each year to the league's top goaltender.
Lundqvist had a career season, going 39-18-5 with a 1.97 GAA and a .930 save percentage. He also finished the season with 8 shutouts.
"It's been a year where there have been a lot of good goalies this year and playing really well this year. To be up there, it's a great feeling," Lundqvist said. "Obviously I take a lot of pride that. I think also my teammates should feel good about it because it's about teamwork."
Congratulations to Jordan Eberle on being named a finalist for this year's Lady Byng Trophy. The Lady Byng Trophy is given out to the NHL player who best exemplifies sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct, in addition to a high standard of play.
In just his second season, Eberle had a career year and led the Oilers in goals (34), assists (42) and points (76) while only picking up five minor penalties. The winner will be announced at the NHL awards June 20 in Las Vegas.
Congratulations to David Backes of the St. Louis Blues on being named a finalist for the Selke Trophy. The Selke Trophy is given out each year to the NHL's top defensive forward.
While posting a team high 24 goals, 30 assists and 54 points, Backes had the highest average ice time per game among forwards (19 minutes 59 seconds) on a Blues club that allowed the fewest goals in the NHL by a wide margin.
Backes led St. Louis in faceoffs, blocked shots and had a +15 rating. Never afraid to throw his weight around, Backes also had a team high 226 hits.
Tyler Seguin scored 3:17 into overtime to give the Bruins a 4-3 win and force a series deciding Game 7 on Wednesday night.
Check out the nice move and the patience Seguin showed in netting the OT winner!
Claude Giroux scored a goal and picked up two assists to help the Flyers win Game 6 and advance to the second round of the playoffs.
Giroux also set a Flyers franchise record with 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in the series. He is just the second player in the NHL since 1993 to score at least 14 points in a playoff series of fewer than seven games.
Check out his goal in the first minute from Game 6 below.
Jordan Staal scored three goals and picked up his first career playoff hat trick to help the Penguins route the Flyers 10-3.
Staal and the Penguins were facing elimination down three games to none, but Staal helped lead the team to bring the series back to Pittsburgh on Friday.
Staal now has five goals and two assists in the series.
With the game on the line late in the third period and his team up 1-0, Henrik Lundqvist saved his best for last with this amazing pad save!
Lundqvist finished the game with 39 saves and picked up his 4th career playoff shutout. Lundqvist and the Rangers now have a 2-1 series lead and will take the ice again on Wednesday night.
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