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Handing out our quarter-pole winners

Updated: November 18, 2009, 9:43 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

Anze Kopitar was atop the scoring chart. The Eastern Conference finalist Carolina Hurricanes were last in the league. Antero Niittymaki led all NHL goalies in save percentage. The Florida Panthers were tied for the most shootout victories.

Yep, the opening quarter of the 2009-10 NHL season went just as expected … Not!

The NHL doesn't hand out its awards until after the season but we here at ESPN.com like to dole out the hardware every quarter:

Hart Trophy ...

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