PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby is up for another top award.
The finalists for the NHL’s Hart Memorial Trophy were announced this morning.
Crosby, the Washington Captials’ Alex Ovechkin and the New York Islanders’ John Tavares are vying for the award.
Crosby finished fourth in the NHL with 56 points despite missing 12 games because of injuries. Ovechkin had 32 goals in 48 games, and Tavares ranked third in the league with 28 goals.
Crosby helped the Penguins take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven, first-round playoff series against Tavares’ Islanders just last night.
The Pens’ captain, who is still wearing a cumbersome mask to protect his broken jaw, took a pass from teammate Jarome Iginla at center ice then effortlessly split Islanders’ defenders Lubomir Visnovsky and Thomas Hickey.
Crosby crossed the blue line and poked the puck ahead as the defensemen closed in, lifting his stick before stepping through a pair of flailing poke checks.
Islanders’ goalie Evgeni Nabokov didn’t have a chance as the wrist shot zipped over the goaltender’s stick to push the lead to 3-0.
The Hart Trophy is awarded annually to the player most valuable to his team. Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association voted at the end of the regular season.
The winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup final.
Earlier this week, Crosby was also named as a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award, which is presented annually to the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHL Players’ Association.
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