Wednesday, April 21, 2004
Updated: April 22, 3:42 AM ET
Bolts' St. Louis also a finalist for two awards
NEW YORK -- Martin Brodeur is a finalist for the NHL MVP award and the Vezina Trophy for the league's top goalie for the second straight season.
Brodeur, who won his first Vezina last year after helping the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup, led goaltenders in games (75), wins (38) and shutouts (11). He was fourth in goals-against average (2.03).
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis and Calgary Flames forward Jarome Iginla were the other finalists announced Wednesday for the Hart Trophy. Colorado Avalanche forward Peter Forsberg was last season's MVP.
This year's winners will be announced June 10 in Toronto.
St. Louis topped the NHL with 94 points and led the surprising Lightning to the best record in the Eastern Conference. Iginla tied Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk and Columbus' Rick Nash with an NHL-high 41 goals.
Brodeur is the only Hart finalist who won't be playing in the second round of the postseason; the Devils were eliminated by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round. Tampa Bay beat the New York Islanders, and Calgary got past the Vancouver Canucks.
Other Vezina finalists are Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff and Florida's Roberto Luongo. Kiprusoff had the NHL's lowest GAA at 1.69, while Luongo broke the league record for most shots faced (2,475) and managed to stop about 93 percent.
St. Louis had 38 goals, 56 assists and a plus-35 rating. He is also a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy, given to the player who combines a high standard of play with sportsmanship. The other Lady Byng finalists: Tampa Bay's Brad Richards and Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson.
St. Louis and Brodeur are the only players up for multiple awards.
Iginla, a Hart finalist for the second time, also had 32 assists. He won the 2002 Lester B. Pearson Award -- given to the league's top player in a vote by players -- after scoring 52 goals.
Boston Bruins goaltender Andrew Raycroft, Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Ryder and Islanders forward Trent Hunter are the finalists for the Calder Trophy, given to the top rookie. Ryder and Hunter finished 1-2 in rookie scoring.
Ryder had 25 goals and 38 assists, and Hunter had 25 goals and 26 assists. Raycroft went 29-18-9 with a .926 save percentage that ranked fifth in the league.
For the first time in six years, Detroit's Niklas Lidstrom is not a finalist for the Norris Trophy (top defenseman). Zdeno Chara of Ottawa, Chris Pronger of St. Louis and Scott Niedermayer of New Jersey are the contenders.
New Jersey's John Madden, Detroit's Kris Draper and San Jose's Alyn McCauley are the finalists for the Selke Trophy for best defensive forward. Madden won in 2001 and was a finalist last year.
Tampa Bay's John Tortorella, Calgary's Darryl Sutter and San Jose's Ron Wilson are the finalists for the top coach award.