2009 NHL Awards: Big night for Bruins, Ovechkin and Datsyuk

Well, the ones that won were the ones I figured would, although there were a few close calls, including Mike Richards coming within a few votes of taking home a well-deserved Selke as the league's top defensive forward. (It again went to Pavel Datsyuk.)

In the other biggies, Zdeno Chara won the Norris, Alex Ovechkin won the Hart and Pearson, Tim Thomas took the Vezina and Steve Mason won the Calder. Claude Julien was named coach of the year.

2008-2009 NHL First All-Star Team

G - Tim Thomas, Boston
D - Mike Green, Washington
D - Zdeno Chara, Boston
C - Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh
RW - Jarome Iginla, Calgary
LW - Alex Ovechkin, Washington

2008-2009 NHL Second All-Star Team

G - Steve Mason, Columbus
D - Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit
D - Dan Boyle, San Jose
C - Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit
RW - Marian Hossa, Detroit
LW - Zach Parise, New Jersey

2008-09 NHL All-Rookie Team

G - Steve Mason, Columbus
D - Drew Doughty, Los Angeles
D - Luke Schenn, Toronto
C - Patrik Berglund, St. Louis
W - Bobby Ryan, Anaheim
W - Kris Versteeg, Chicago

I don't have many quibbles with the teams, and I had to pull out my ballot to see if there were any major differences. I had Datsyuk on the first team, Malkin on the second, and Hossa on the first and Iginla on the second. I also had Duncan Keith instead of Boyle on the blueline and Roberto as the second-team goaltender.

The only difference on the all-rookie team was that T.J. Oshie was there instead of Berglund.

Pretty darn close, anyway.

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