Carey Price is the 2015 recipient of the Ted Lindsay award.
Formerly known as the Lester B. Pearson Award, the trophy is awarded to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players’ Association.
Price became the first goaltender to lead the league in goals-against average (1.96), save percentage (.933) and wins (44) since Ed Belfour did it during the 1990-91 season.
“Sometimes you think you let one rip and you feel like you got some pretty good wood on it and you got the target that you’ve looked at and picked off and he kind of just gloves it like it was a bouncing tennis ball going in there,” Islanders captain John Tavares told The Canadian Press of facing Price. “He just makes it look easy.”
Price appeared in 66 games for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2014-15 regular season helping the Habs to the second best record in the NHL.
The 27-year-old is also a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Vezina Trophy.
This season marks the first time Price and Stars’ captain Jamie Benn were nominated for the award. Alex Ovechkin has won it three times previously.
Here are recent winners of the Ted Lindsay Award:
2014 Sidney Crosby, Pit.
2013 Sidney Crosby, Pit.
2012 Evgeni Malkin, Pit.
2011 Daniel Sedin, Van.
2010 Alex Ovechkin, Wsh.
Alex Ovechkin wasn’t just on hand to do some interviews at the 2015 NHL Awards on Tuesday. He also served as a model for the Washington Capitals’ new third jerseys.
Here’s the write-up from Caps PR describing the alternate sweaters, in case “rock the red” doesn’t get the point across:
The primary color for the uniform is red and closely resembles the team’s jersey worn from 1974-75 through 1994-95. The original Capitals wordmark is featured on the front of the jersey with six stars above it and five stars beneath the numbers on each sleeve. The Capitals will wear blue pants and red helmets with their third jerseys. The new third jersey will replace the white third jersey the Capitals wore from 2011-12 to 2014-15.
The new duds certainly won Tom Wilson’s approval:
It sounds like the Capitals haven’t been shy about trying out new looks since Ovechkin came to town:
What do you think, is the red an improvement or should they instead stick with white?
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Ten players who could really end up mocking peoples’ mock drafts. (The Hockey News)
One other draft-related top 10 list: the biggest steals in history. (Sportsnet)
The case for Alex Ovechkin instead of Carey Price grabbing the 2015 Hart Trophy. (Washington Post)
This history of awkward NHL Awards skits is quite something. Hey, there are a few non-ironic laughs here. Maybe. (Puck Daddy)
John Klingberg with braids … pretty sure this isn’t Photoshopped.
It certainly generated some derision from his teammates.
In the video below, Connor McDavid discusses being called a “generational talent.” No pressure.