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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Corey Perry crashed the Sedins’ NHL MVP party.
The Anaheim Ducks forward, who scored a league-best 50 goals, won the Hart Trophy on Wednesday night. His surprise win came at the expense of scoring champion Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks, who was trying to complete an unprecedented MVP double dip after his twin brother and teammate Henrik took the honors last year.
Perry wasn’t planning on standing in the way.
“You didn’t know what to expect coming in, and then all of a sudden you hear your name and you’re like, ‘Oh,’” Perry said. “It surprised me.”
Perry’s win capped the two-hour NHL Awards ceremony and a season in which he surged to the goal title, scoring 19 times in his final 16 games. During that stretch, Anaheim moved from 11th to fourth in the Western Conference.
“You always want to build on the year before and I think it’s a steady increase,” Perry said. “Hopefully it keeps increasing.”
The Sedins didn’t pull off the back-to-back MVP wins, but they do own the past two scoring titles. Daniel won it this season with 104 points _ including 41 goals. He was second in the league with a plus-30 rating.
The scoring title earned him the Art Ross Trophy, and the players voted him most valuable for the Ted Lindsay Award.
Sedin said he wasn’t disappointed that he failed to follow his brother with the Hart Trophy.
“Corey had an amazing season, a great finish and he carried the team a lot of times,” Sedin said. “I expected him to win it and he did, so for me that’s no disappointment. I was nominated, so that’s good enough.”
Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom returned to the awards platform by winning his seventh Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman, beating out Nashville’s Shea Weber and Boston’s Zdeno Chara.
Lidstrom tied Doug Harvey as a seven-time winner, one behind record-holder Bobby Orr.
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