NHL awards regular-season trophies for season cut short

Bruins Pastrnak

NHL awards regular-season trophies for season cut short

Ovechkin won the trophy for the third straight year, the seventh time in eight years and the ninth time overall, all of which are records since the trophy was introduced in 1998-99.

The NHL announced on Tuesday that the regular season had ended officially on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pastrnak, the prolific sniper with the Boston Bruins, is a first-time recipient of the award, which has been split this season for the first time in 10 years when Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos scored 51 apiece.

Draisaitl won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leader in points after finishing with 110, 13 clear of teammate Connor McDavid, who finished second. He continues to take steps forward in his career.

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But the 48 goals are enough to make Pastrnak the Bruins' first Rocket Richard victor since the award's introduction in 1999, and the first B's player to lead the league in goals since Esposito's aforementioned 1974-75 season.

The regular season was deemed final on Tuesday, when the National Hockey League announced its plans to return from its pause - caused by the coronavirus pandemic - with a 24-team modified playoff system in late summer.

"A little disappointed with what the team was able to accomplish the first 70 games and kind of the point spread we had between not only the teams in the league but the teams in our division or conference", Neely said Wednesday.

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Jeff Davis, director of trading for Caesars Sportsbook, said the announced format benefited Vegas and Tampa Bay, teams that will be part of separate four-team, round-robin tournaments to decide the top seeds in the Western and Eastern conferences, respectively.

The two leagues are very similar in the way they operate because of the number of teams in each league, the number of games played, and the amount of travel that is involved. "They needed some games that mattered to some extent in order to not be coming in against a team that just played a competitive series".

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