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Crosby and Co the hits of the season so far

The NHL regular season crested the mid-season point last weekend. Here are the trophy winners at the half-way point:

The NHL regular season crested the mid-season point last weekend. Here are the trophy winners at the half-way point:

Hart Trophy:Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh clinches it. A 25-game point streak, a healthy lead in the league's goal and point races - "Sid the Kid" is doing it all once again. Crosby is now looking good to reclaim the MVP award.

Norris Trophy:Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings' "Mr Perfect" continues to live up to his nickname at 40 years old. Instead of his usual slow start, Lidstrom has been putting up points and delivering sublime defensive play since the first day of the season. There are challengers out there, but Lidstrom is still the king.

Vezina Trophy:Tim Thomas of Boston is winner. Injuries and an upstart season by Tuukka Rask last year made everybody forget all about Thomas, the 2009 Vezina winner. Well, he is back in a big way, with an incredible 18-4-0 record, 1.84 goals-against average, .944 save percentage and five shutouts.

Calder Trophy:Logan Couture of San Jose is the recipient. It has not been a banner season for the Sharks, whose top line has been wildly inconsistent. Couture, however, has been a reliable threat on the second line and leads all rookies with 19 goals.

Jack Adams Award:Guy Boucher of Tampa Bay wins it. Craig Ramsay in Atlanta and Marc Crawford in Dallas were among the other worthy candidates, but Boucher's innovating playing system and impact on a floundering franchise cannot be overlooked.