I sort of did too, because NHL awards are determined by (1) hype, (2) market, and (3) performance, more or less in that order. And Kesler's hype-meter went up considerably this season.
It's also why we know Henrik won't win the Hart -- he could have scored 200 points, but the NHL hype machine has made it clear who they're interested in. As someone already posted above, Henrik isn't even mentioned in their blog link for the Hart.
Don't know why any of this has been a shock. Datsyuk/kesler has always been a big debate about 50/50 on the boards. No surprise it was about 50/50 on the votes. MVP will go to ovy just because he's ovy. Such is life, who cares.