Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur was once again recognized for his outstanding regular season performance by edging San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov to take home his fourth Vezina Trophy in five seasons from tonight’s NHL Awards ceremony in Toronto.
With four Vezinas now on his resume, Brodeur trails only Dominik Hasek, who was voted the top goaltender by the NHL’s general managers a league-record six times. Patrick Roy won the Vezina three times.
Brodeur barely beat out Nabokov with 113 total voting points on 15 first-place votes, 12 second-place votes and two third-place votes. Nabokov finished with 106 points on 13 first-place votes, 13 second-place votes and two third-place votes.
The Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist finished a distant third with 13 points, including one first-place vote and eight third-place votes.
Brodeur also was voted a second-team NHL all-star by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. Nabokov was named the first-team goalie with 523 voting points (71 first-team votes, 55 second team, 3 third team) Brodeur received 475 voting points (56-61-12). Anaheim’s J.S. Giguere finished third with 82 points (3-8-43).
Devils center John Madden finished second in the voting for the Selke Trophy, which goes to the league’s top defensive forward, for the third time in his career. Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk won the Selke with 557 voting points (43-9-7-3-0). Madden, who won the Selke in 2001 and was also the first runner-up in 2003 and 2004, received 447 voting points (18-18-16-17-16). Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg was third with 425 points (22-20-6-10-5).
Brodeur finished fifth in the voting for the Hart Trophy and received one first-place vote. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin was the runaway winner of the Hart as the league’s most valuable player and received 128 of a possible 134 first-place votes and 1,313 total voting points (four second-place votes and one third-place vote. Inexplicably, one member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association that voted left Ovechkin off his ballot. Evgeni Malkin (one), Jarome Iginla (two) Nicklas Lidstrom (two) also received first-place votes.
Malkin (1-66-27-13-13) finished second with 659 total voting points. Iginla was third with 565 (2-41-33-26-15)
Brodeur received 239 voting points (1-8-19-21-15).