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Ducks' Perry picked as surprise MVP

Corey Perry crashed the Sedins' NHL MVP party.

The Anaheim Ducks forward, who scored a league-best 50 goals, won the Hart Trophy on Wednesday night. His surprise win came at the expense of scoring champion Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks, who was trying to complete an unprecedented MVP double dip after his twin brother and teammate Henrik took the honors last year.

Perry wasn't planning on standing in the way.

"You didn't know what to expect coming in, and then all of a sudden you hear your name and you're like, 'Oh,' " Perry said. "It surprised me."

Perry's win capped the two-hour NHL Awards ceremony and a season in which he surged to the goal title, scoring 19 times in his final 16 games.

Perry got 67 of 126 first place votes from the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. Sedin had 51 first-place votes.

Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis, who won the Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly and excellent play, was the third MVP finalist -- well behind Perry and Sedin with only one first-place vote.

The Sedins didn't pull off the back-to-back MVP wins, but they do own the past two scoring titles. Daniel won it this season with 104 points -- including 41 goals.

The scoring title earned him the Art Ross Trophy, and the players voted him most valuable for the Ted Lindsay Award.

Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom returned to the awards platform by winning his seventh Norris Trophy as the league's best defenseman, beating out Nashville's Shea Weber and Boston's Zdeno Chara.

Lidstrom tied Doug Harvey as a seven-time winner, one behind Bobby Orr.

Tim Thomas added his second Vezina Trophy to go with his recent Stanley Cup title. The Boston Bruins goalie earned top NHL honors after a stellar season that culminated in his first championship.

Thomas set an NHL record for save percentage when he finished at .938, surpassing Dominik Hasek's .937 set in the 1998-99 season.

Dan Bylsma of the Penguins picked up the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year, and Ryan Kesler of the Canucks ended Pavel Datsyuk's three-year run as Selke Trophy winner, honoring the best defensive forward.

In other NHL news, the New York Islanders are one step closer to getting a long-awaited new arena. Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Islanders owner Charles Wang announced a lease agreement that would keep the NHL team on Long Island if voters approve the replacement of the aging Nassau Coliseum in an Aug. 1 vote.

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