Canadiens goalie Carey Price wins NHL's Hart, Vezina, Jennings awards
It was Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price's night at the NHL awards Wednesday in Las Vegas, where he took home the Hart and Vezina Trophies, for the 2014–15 NHL most valuable player and top goalie, respectively.
He also won the William Jennings Trophy for being the goalkeeper of the team with the fewest goals scored against it, as well as the Ted Lindsay Award, which is presented annually to the league's most outstanding player as voted on by the NHL Players Association.
Price, who led the NHL in wins (44), goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.933), beat out Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin and New York Islanders forward John Tavares for the MVP award.
No goaltender has swept those three statistical categories since Ed Belfour did so during the 1990–91 season. Price became the first goalie to win both the Hart and Vezina Trophies since Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore did so in 2002.
Under Price's leadership, Montreal defeated the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, four games to two, but lost by the same margin to eventual Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay .
Price won 139 of 155 first-place votes for the Hart trophy, and 27 of 30 first-place Vezina votes.
Earlier in the evening, Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad won the Calder Trophy, which is awarded to the league's top rookie, while the Senators' Erik Karlsson took home the James Norris Trophy for the NHL's best defenseman.
Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman won the GM of the Year award.