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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 22, 2011DUCKS' PERRY CAPTURES HART TROPHY AS NHL MVP;BRUINS' THOMAS CONTINUES HARDWARE HAUL WITH VEZINA TROPHY;RED WINGS' LIDSTROM WINS 7TH NORRIS TROPHY AT 2011 NHL AWARDSLAS VEGAS (June 22, 2011) --
Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry, who ralliedduring the late stages of the 2010-11 season to reach the 50-goal mark and help the Ducksclimb to a fourth-place finish in the Western Conference, became the first player in franchisehistory to capture the Hart Trophy as the National Hockey League's Most Valuable Player atthe 2011 NHL Awards at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas.Perry garnered 67 first-place votes among the 126 Hart Trophy ballots cast andaccumulated 1,043 points to edge left wing Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks, who wasthe top selection on 51 ballots and earned 960 points.Perry won the Maurice Richard Trophy as NHL goal-scoring leader with a late surge of 19goals in his final 16 games that raised his season total to 50. The first-time Hart Trophy finalistshared the League lead in game-winning goals with Washington's Alex Ovechkin (11), tied forfifth place in power-play goals (14), shared fifth in shorthanded tallies (four) and led all playerswith 21 third-period goals. Twenty-five of his goals tied the score or put the Ducks ahead.Perry is the first player from a Southern California-based team to win the Hart Trophysince the Los Angeles Kings' Wayne Gretzky in 1989 and the third player from Californiaclubs overall (San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton, 2006).Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom recorded an historic victory, claiming hisseventh Norris Trophy as the League's outstanding defenseman. Lidstrom edged Shea Weberof the Nashville Predators 736-727 in the closest Norris Trophy race for first place since 1996,when Chicago's Chris Chelios finished five points ahead of Boston's Ray Bourque, 408-403.The 41-year-old Vasteras, Sweden native, who yesterday announced he will return toDetroit for a 20th NHL season in 2011-12, is the third defenseman in League history with atleast seven Norris Trophy wins, joining Hockey Hall of Fame members Bobby Orr (eight) andDoug Harvey (seven).