The Nashville Predators were not shut out. They also were not singled out among the best in terms of performance at the annual NHL Awards Show on Wednesday at Las Vegas.
Center Mike Fisher won the NHL Foundation Award, which recognizes charitable service. None of the franchise’s three finalists for competition-based awards took home the prize, though.
Shea Weber, a finalist for the Norris Trophy for the second straight year, was considered Nashville’s best hope. He lost out to the overwhelming offensive numbers put up by Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson, whose 78 points were 25 more than any other blueliner.
Weber finished second by an excruciatingly narrow margin. In voting by members of rhe Professional Hockey Writers Association he had 1,057 points to Karlsson’s 1,069.
Weber did earn Weber first-team All-Star honors for the second straight year.
St. Louis’ Doug Armstrong topped David Poile for the General Manager of the Year Award. Poile has been a finalist each of the three years since the award was created but has yet to win.
He finished third behind Armstrong and Florida’s Dale Tallon, both of whom directed their teams to improvement of 22 points over the previous season.
Likewise, Pekka Rinne finished third in voting for the Vezina Trophy, which goes to the best goaltender. Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers won that one, and Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick was second.
Rinne even lost out to Philadelphia forward Claude Giroux for the spot on the cover of EA Sports’ NHL 13, which was determined by fan voting.
Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin was one of the evening’s big winners. He took home the Hart Trophy (most valuable player), the Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player as voted by members of the NHL Players Association) and the Art Ross Trophy (leading scorer).