SenShot’s Mid-Season NHL Awards

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VEZINA TROPHY – Top Goaltender

Jan 3, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) guards his net against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Tampa Bay Lightning won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

EAST:  Ben Bishop, TBL – Although the number of Bishop and Tuukka Rask are nearly identical, the fact that Rask has a better team in front of him give Bishop the edge.

WEST: Josh Harding, MIN – Taking over for Niklas Bacstrom as the starter, Harding was almost unbeatable in the first half, posting a 1.65 GAA and .933 SP.

Dec 17, 2013; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding (37) makes a save during overtime against the Vancouver Canucks at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Canucks 3-2 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

WINNER:  Harding.  Battling his well known health concerns and playing at an elite level is simply amazing.  his play on the ice warrants the award, and the fact he did it while dealing with the effects and medication to regulate his MS is the icing on the cake.