Lundqvist wins team MVP award
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Henrik Lundqvist won the team MVP award for the sixth straight year in a landslide vote by the New York chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Brian Leetch also won the award, which was instituted in 1941-42, six times, but not consecutively. Jaromir Jagr won in 2005-06, which was Lundqvist's rookie season.
Lundqvist, 30, who also is a candidate for the Vezina Trophy, earned his career-high 39th win when he made 37 saves against the Flyers on Tuesday. He held opponents to two or fewer goals in 41 games and posted a career-high shutout streak of 182:33 that ended Feb. 5.
Ryan Callahan, who won the Players' Player Award in 2010-11, again was the recipient this season. Chris Drury won the award, which was instituted in 1958-59, in 2009-10. Callahan, who also won the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award for the third time March 30, posted a career high with 29 goals and is among the league leaders in hits, blocked shots and power-play goals.
Kreider on the way?
Chris Kreider, whose Boston College team beat Ferris State, 4-1, in the NCAA championship game Saturday night, is expected to begin negotiations with assistant GM Jeff Gorton on an entry-level contract shortly. Kreider, 21, was the team's No. 1 draft pick in 2009. The 6-3 winger has 49 goals and 92 points in 114 games for the Eagles.