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Vanek, Conacher lighting the quarter

Updated: February 11, 2013, 9:36 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

First-quarter awards utilize a small sample size in an 82-game season, never mind this season, when it means just a dozen games.

But we refuse to beg off our tradition of handing out the hardware each quarter of the season.

Without further delay, my first-quarter NHL award winners after the opening four weeks of the season:

HART TROPHY (MVP)

Normally, this is such a difficult decision among a long list of worthy recipients. But for the opening four weeks of the ...

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