Three-on-three overtime was a hit, scoring continued to decline (to 5.21 goals per game), the
A look at how the season has developed through the first half:
Hart Trophy (MVP)
Kane was exceptional while the defending
Vezina Trophy (best goaltender)
Winner: Holtby. Runners-up:
It's tough to argue with Holtby's success. Quick (2.05, .925 through Sunday) has been the Kings' backbone. Crawford (2.21, .926) hasn't won fans' hearts but has been solid for the Blackhawks, who have a seven-game winning streak. Luongo (2.06, .931 through Sunday) has enjoyed a renaissance with the Panthers, who had a 12-game winning streak when they faced Vancouver on Monday.
Calder Trophy (rookie of the year)
Winner: Dylan Larkin, Detroit. Runners-up: Artemi Panarin, Chicago; Max Domi, Arizona; Colton Parayko, St. Louis.
Larkin, 19, made an impressive jump from college to the
Norris Trophy (top defenseman)
Let's keep the "defense" in defenseman. Doughty, who averages 27 minutes 59 seconds' ice time per game, is a force at both ends of the ice. Karlsson (45 points and a league-high average ice time of 28:35) is more like a fourth forward and isn't diligent defensively. Suter (27 points, 28:22 ice time) is durable, smart and a perennial Norris candidate.
Jack Adams Award (coach of the year)
Winner: Gerard Gallant, Florida. Runners-up: Barry Trotz, Washington;
Gallant has done an excellent job managing the youth and the oldsters on his roster. Trotz has taken good material and made it better, guiding the Capitals to the top spot in the NHL. Sutter is making sure his players won't fall into the trap that ensnared them last season, when they thought they'd make the playoffs until the moment they were eliminated. He has them playing championship-caliber defense.
Team: Ducks, Lightning, Penguins.
The Ducks have scored a league-low 76 goals (excluding shoot-outs) and have shown little chemistry. Defending East champion Tampa Bay, out of a playoff spot, must decide whether to extend or trade
First-half surprise achievers
Team: Panthers, Stars.
Florida has lots of young talent and is getting leadership from Luongo, Willie Mitchell and the marvelous
Individual: Jagr, who will be 44 on Feb. 15, has 14 goals and 30 points in 38 games and continues to climb career scoring charts. He's still exciting and inspirational.
• Injuries took a heavy toll on the St. Louis Blues last weekend. Coach Ken Hitchcock said Monday that goaltender Jake Allen, defensemen
• A non-displaced fracture of the left foot is expected to cause
• Bravo to Calgary executives for signing defenseman