Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - The National Hockey League Players' Association and the Professional Hockey Writers' Association came to a consensus on Tuesday night as the NHL presented its major awards to cap the 2013-14 season: Sidney Crosby is, hands down, the best player the 30-team collective has to offer.
For the second consecutive campaign, the Pittsburgh Penguins captain earned the Ted Lindsay Award, named the top man in the NHL by fellow players, and writers bolstered that choice by selecting him for the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP for the second time.
"To the Penguins organization, my teammates, our fans, thank you for all your support," Crosby stated upon receiving the Hart. "To my family, I'm happy to share this with you guys. I appreciate all the sacrifices you made, for allowing me to play the game I love every day."
If that weren't enough for Crosby, he also took home the Art Ross Trophy for the second time in his nine-year career after leading the NHL with 104 points, registering at least one point in 60 of the 80 games he played. He scored 36 goals and led the league with 68 assists.
The 26-year-old Nova Scotia native captured his initial Hart Trophy in 2007 and finished as the runner-up in 2010 and again last year. Crosby was a near- unanimous choice to win this time around after garnering an incredible 128 first-place votes of 137 ballots cast.
Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was named the Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top goaltender.
"Oh my goodness, I've never been so nervous in my life," a visibly nervous Rask quipped when accepting his award. "Thank you to the Jacobs family, the front office management, for giving me the opportunity to stay in Boston for a long time."
Rask helped the Bruins to the Presidents' Trophy for the first time since 1990 with a record of 36-15-6 and was the only goaltender to rank among the top five in all major statistical categories.
He led the league with seven shutouts, was second in save percentage at .930, finished fourth with a 2.04 goals-against average and was fifth in wins. The native of Finland allowed two goals or fewer in 37 of his 58 starts.
Rask joins Tim Thomas (2009, 2011) as recent Bruins backstops to be judged the league's top performers at the position, topping Colorado Avalanche netminder Semyon Varlamov and Tampa Bay Lightning's crease guardian Ben Bishop.
No surprise to those who saw him skate for Halifax of the QMJHL, dynamic Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon was voted the winner of the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie. MacKinnon, the youngest player ever to be awarded thanks to snagging 130 first-place votes of a possible 137 ballots, led all first-year players with 63 points and 39 assists, while tying for the top spot with 24 goals.
"I'd like to thank the (Avalanche) organization, the coaching staff and my teammates. The success of me is due to them, so I'm very grateful for that, and also for my family," MacKinnon said.
The first overall pick of the 2013 draft also had a 13-game point streak to top Wayne Gretzky's mark of 12 consecutive games with a point by a player aged 18-or-younger. Thanks to that effort, the Nova Scotia native became the second Avalanche player to claim the award in three seasons, following 2012 winner Gabriel Landeskog.
It was little consolation for a failed Stanley Cup title defense, but Chicago Blackhawks blueliner Duncan Keith took home the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman.
Keith bested all of his league counterparts by racking up 55 assists and finished second with 61 points, thanks to leading all players on the 2013 Stanley Cup champions in ice time at 24:38 per contest.
The 2010 Norris winner also helped Chicago lead the NHL with 267 goals scored by becoming a factor at even strength, posting a plus-22, his highest since a plus-33 rating in 2008-09. Keith is the first two-time winner to suit up for Chicago since Chris Chelios was honored in 1993 and 1996.
Hall-of-Fame goaltender Patrick Roy, rookie bench boss of the Colorado Avalanche, was named the winner of the 2014 Jack Adams Award.
Roy lifted the Avalanche (52-22-8, 112 points) to a historic turnaround in his initial campaign as an NHL head coach, helping the team finish third in the overall league standings after placing 29th in 2012-13. The 48-year-old native of Quebec City won a pair of Stanley Cups with the Avalanche in the latter half of a stellar career which ended in 2003.
Roy was chosen ahead of Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock and Jon Cooper from the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is the first head coach to be so honored since the Nordiques franchise relocated to Denver, and the second in Quebec/Colorado history after Marc Crawford won in 1995.
Heading back to player honorees, for the second time in the last three seasons, Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron was honored with the Selke trophy as the league's best defensive forward.
Bergeron helped the Bruins record the second lowest goals-against in the NHL and lowest in the Eastern Conference at 2.08. He won a league-high 1,015 faceoffs, ranked second in plus-minus with a career-best plus-38 while racking up 30 goals and 32 assists in 80 regular-season contests.
Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly took home the Lady Byng after committing just one minor penalty in his 80 regular-season games, while Rangers forward Dominic Moore was honored with the Masterton Trophy for returning to action after a year away from the NHL to care for his wife, Katie, who eventually succumbed to a rare form of liver cancer in January of 2013.
Kings captain Dustin Brown came away with the Messier Leadership Award for his continuing charity efforts in the Los Angeles region. This season, he donated $50 per hit to Children's Hospital Los Angeles' Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit.
In addition, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick was recognized for winning the Jennings Trophy as the primary force behind the Stanley Cup champions allowing a league-low 174 goals in the regular season.