The NHL Awards were announced last night, tragically without the usual pomp, circumstance, and intense secondhand embarrassment. (I usually turn in for the red carpet and the red carpet only, but no one is showing up in a dinner jacket for me this year). None of the big awards were a real surprise—Roman Josi picked up the Norris, Cale Makar nabbed the Calder, Connor Hellebuyck won the Vezina, and Leon Draisaitl (metaphorically) took home both the Hart and the Lindsay. Alex Pietrangelo was named to the Second All-Star Team and placed fourth in Norris voting, which I am mentioning for no reason at all. I’m sure his family and friends are very proud.

Draisaitl also won the Hart several hours early in Finland, which I assume is because of some mix-up with a carrier pigeon.

Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals was also last night, and while Tampa Bay jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the end of the first period, Dallas was able to bring themselves within a goal, but not close enough. The Bolts won 3-2, the series is tied 1-1, and they’ll play to break the tie on Wednesday night at 8pm.


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