New Canaan's Pacioretty wins NHL's Masterson Trophy
LAS VEGAS -- Montreal left wing Max Pacioretty has won the Masterton Trophy for his remarkable comeback from a serious back injury.
Pacioretty won the award Wednesday night at the NHL's annual postseason awards ceremony.
Pacioretty broke a vertebra in his back and incurred a concussion on a hit from Boston captain Zdeno Chara on March 8, 2011, knocking him out for the season.
Pacioretty returned to the Canadiens last season, and had 33 goals and 32 assists for his most productive pro season.
The other Masterton Trophy nominees were Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson, who returned from offseason back surgery, and Toronto forward Joffrey Lupul, who became an elite NHL scorer after missing a year of hockey with back surgery and a blood infection.
The Russian superstar and NHL scoring champion won the Hart for the first time Wednesday night at the NHL Awards ceremony at the Wynn Las Vegas casino.
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Ottawa's Erik Karlsson won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman, and Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog won the Calder Trophy as the top rookie.
Malkin had 50 goals and 59 assists while carrying the Penguins during Sidney Crosby's extended injury absence. He won the Hart vote over Stamkos, who scored 60 goals to win the Richard Trophy.