Mike Brehm, USA TODAY
Published 10:19 p.m. ET June 19, 2019 | Updated 10:53 p.m. ET June 19, 2019
SportsPulse: The St. Louis Blues have made history in winning their first ever Stanley Cup. As Kevin Allen puts it, no city in America deserves it more.
The Tampa Bay Lightning couldn’t add to their record-tying number of regular-season wins, but their 62-win regular season was enough for them to win three trophies at the NHL Awards show Wednesday night.
Forward Nikita Kucherov, who ran away with the scoring race, won the Hart Trophy as league MVP. His 128 points were the most in the league since 1995-96 and 12 more than runner-up Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers.
He also won the Ted Lindsay Award as MVP voted by his fellow players.
Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (39 wins) picked up the Vezina Trophy.
The Lightning, who were swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round, also had coach Jon Cooper and defenseman Victor Hedman as awards finalists, but those two fell short in voting.
Also from the night in Las Vegas:
-New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner got big applause after winning the Masterton Trophy for perseverance. He said during training camp that he had gone for treatment for depression, anxiety and addictions and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
He said that the decision to get treatment was life-changing for him. He went on to sign with the Islanders and pick up 25 wins.
“We have to keep pushing forward. We have to end the stigma,” he said. “I’m not ashamed to say I’m mentally ill, but that doesn’t mean I’m mentally weak.”
-Anderson Whitehead, who lost his mother and received a hug from Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price in a moment that went viral, was honored for the best feel-good moment of the season. There was another feel-good moment when Price came out on the stage Wednesday night to give a teary-eyed Whitehead a Canadiens jersey and an invitation to the All-Star Game.
-Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, who’s being treated for pancreatic cancer, received a standing ovation when he was named the presenter for the Hart Trophy.
-St. Louis Blues forward Ryan O’Reilly added to his Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy by winning the Frank Selke Trophy as top defensive forward. “It’s been a heck of a week,” he said.
-Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano won the Norris Trophy at 35. He finished second among defensemen with 74 points in 78 games and had a defense-best plus 39 rating. “Let’s keep this going,” he said. “I feel young. I feel fresh.”
-Islanders coach Barry Trotz captured the Jack Adams Award after leading his team to the second-best record in the Metropolitan Division despite the loss of John Tavares to free agency.
-Vancouver Canucks center Elias Pettersson, the runaway rookie scoring leader, won the Calder Trophy.
-Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov, who had 96 points and eight penalty minutes, won the Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly play.
-Don Sweeney, whose Boston Bruins reached the Stanley Cup Final, was named general manager of the year.
-Nashville Predators forward Wayne Simmonds won the Mark Messier Leadership Award and Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker won the King Clancy Trophy for humanitarian work. Rico Phillips, who founded the Flint Inner City Youth Program, won the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award.