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Toronto Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews sweeps MVP awards after 60-goal season

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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews made a significant jump in the NHL regular season, scoring 60 goals for the first time in 10 years.

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On Tuesday night, he received his first Hart Trophy (writers’ vote) as the 2022 league MVP, as well as the Ted Lindsay (player’s vote) award for Most Outstanding Player.

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The other finalists were Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid, who won last year, and New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin.

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Matthews scored 41 goals in 52 games of the coronavirus-shortened 2020–21 season, finishing second in Hart’s voting. Following wrist surgery in the off-season, he scored 60 goals in 73 games in 2021-22 as the Maple Leafs finished with a franchise-best 115 points.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews celebrates his 60th goal of the season.
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews celebrates his 60th goal of the season.

Matthews also set career highs in assists (46) and points (106). He led the league in goals by equal power for the third year in a row.

Other award winners announced at Tuesday’s awards ceremony:

Vezina Trophy (goalkeeper): Shesterkin. His .935 save percentage and 2.07 save percentage were the best among starting goaltenders. He had 36 wins.

Norris Trophy (guard): Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche. Makar set a franchise record for a defenseman with 28 goals and 86 points. He passed Roman Josey of the Nashville Predators 1631–1606 on the ballot.

Calder Trophy (rookie): Detroit Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider. He led rookie defensemen with 50 points and led all rookies with 43 assists and 11:02 pm in average playing time.

All-Star and All-Rookie teams announced

First All-Star Team: G Shesterkin, Rangers. Ds Makar, Avalanche; Josie, Predators. C Matthews, Maple Leafs. LW Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames. RW Mitch Marner, Maple Leafs

Second All-Star Team: Jacob Markstrom, Flames. Ds Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning; Charlie McAvoy, Bruins. C McDavid, Oilers. LW Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers. RW Matthew Tkachuk, Flames.

Rookie team: G Jeremy Swaiman, Boston Bruins. Ds Seider, Red Wings; Alexander Carrier, Predators. Fs Trevor Zegras, Anaheim; Michael Bunting, Maple Leafs; Lucas Raymond, Red Wings.

Finalist General Managers of the Year

Julien Brisebois of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Chris Drury of the New York Rangers and Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche, whose teams made it to the Conference Finals, were named finalists for the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award.

The winner will be announced at the NHL Draft July 7-8.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NHL Awards: Auston Matthews wins Hart Trophy as league MVP



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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