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April 13, 2015

Carey Price, Corey Crawford Split Major NHL Award


The Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens finished the regular season tied with a league-low 189 goals against.

Chicago's Corey Crawford and Montreal's Carey Price saw the most action for their respective teams (only goalies on each team to play over 25 games) so they are both named as winners as the William M. Jennings trophy. This marks the first time that goaltenders on two teams claimed the William M. Jennings Trophy since 2002-03, when Martin Brodeur and Roman Cechmanek/Robert Esche split the honors for the Devils and Flyers, respectively.

The Blackhawks, who held a one-goal lead in the race for the trophy, allowed the decisive goal in their game on Saturday with 32.9 seconds remaining in regulation to produce the tie.

Crawford captured the William M. Jennings Trophy for the second time in three seasons (also 2012-13), posting a 32-20-5 record with a 2.27 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and two shutouts in 57 appearances.

Price, who won his first career William M. Jennings Trophy, set a franchise record for victories by going 44-16-6, surpassing the previous mark of 42 achieved twice by Jacques Plante (1955-56 and 1961-62) and once by Ken Dryden (1975-76). He led the NHL in wins, goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.933), becoming the first goaltender to pace the League in all three categories since Ed Belfour did so with the Blackhawks in 1990-91.

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