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11-26-2012, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
Lidstrom is irrelevant to the question.

To be clear what I'm asking: can you back up the assertion that Bourque was part of a "hype train" in 1990 and did not legitimately deserve his Hart finish? What is your source for that interpretation of events?
Devil already answered this question. My point is that Lidstrom had seasons where he dominated at similar levels as Pronger in '00 and Bourque in '90 but got no Hart recognition. I feel a lot of that had to do with the expectations of the Red Wings winning the President's trophy whereas the Blues and Bruins were suprise teams so Pronger and Bourque got hyped due to that. This is where being on a great team actually hurt Lidstrom.

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