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The Hart Memorial Trophy Finalists

NEW YORK (May 10, 2013) – Center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, right wing Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and center John Tavares of the New York Islanders are the three finalists for the 2012-13 Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team,” the National Hockey League announced today

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Hart Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, with more detail on format to be released at a later date.

Following are the finalists for the Hart Trophy, in alphabetical order:

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Although he missed the final 12 games of the regular season due to injury, Crosby still finished fourth in the League with 56 points and second with 41 assists to help the Penguins claim the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. He collected points in 28 of the 36 games he played in (77.8%), including 17 multi-point efforts, and recorded three point streaks of six games or more, including an eight-game stretch Feb. 24-March 10 (5-15—20). Crosby also finished fourth in the NHL with a +26 rating and posted his second career five-assist game March 10 vs. NY Islanders, becoming the only active NHLer with more than one such game in his career.  The 25-year-old Cole Harbour, N.S., native previously won the Hart Trophy in 2006-07 and also was a finalist for the award in 2009-10.

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Ovechkin tallied 32 goals in 48 games, including 23 in his final 23 contests, to become the first three-time winner of the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring leader. He also finished third in the League in points (56), first in power-play goals (16), first in power-play points (27) and first in shots on goal (220), leading the Capitals to an 11-1-1 record in April and their fifth Southeast Division title in the last six years. Ovechkin recorded points in nine straight games March 17-April 2 (10-5—15), including a five-game goal streak March 17-24, and tallied his 30th goal of the year April 20, becoming the ninth player in League history to score 30 or more goals in each of his first eight seasons. The 27-year-old Moscow native is a two-time Hart Trophy winner (2007-08, 2008-09) and also was a finalist for the award in 2009-10.

John Tavares, New York Islanders

Tavares ranked third in the League with 28 goals and led the Islanders with 47 points in 48 games to propel the team to its first postseason berth since 2006-07. He scored 15 of his goals on the road (third in the NHL), helping the Islanders record their best road winning percentage in franchise history (.667). Tavares also ranked in the top 10 in the League in even-strength goals (19), power-play goals (nine) and game-winning goals (five). He scored in five straight games Feb. 7-16, including his fourth career hat trick Feb. 16 vs. New Jersey, and posted 13 multi-point games. The 22-year-old Mississauga, Ont., native is a first-time finalist for the Hart Trophy.

History

The Hart Memorial Trophy was presented by the National Hockey League in 1960 after the original Hart Trophy was retired to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The original Hart Trophy was donated to the NHL in 1924 by Dr. David A. Hart, father of Cecil Hart, former manager-coach of the Montreal Canadiens.

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Meh!

Posted by timbits on 05/10/13 at 09:29 AM ET

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redic.

Posted by FranzensMouthguard from Chicago, IL on 05/10/13 at 10:51 AM ET

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Ridic**

And why do you find this ridiculous? Crosby was superb all season. Yes, he missed some time, but he still, incredibly, got 3rd in the scoring race, and the team wasn’t the same without him. Tavares was the clear MVP of his team and helped push the into the playoffs. While I despise Ovechkin and hope his inconsistency will lead to him not winning this award, he was incredible down the stretch and was another guy that helped push his team into the playoffs. While there are other candidates that definitely deserved consideration, there can only be three finalists, and these at least make sense.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 05/10/13 at 11:14 AM ET

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From Puck Daddy, I think this is important to make note of as well:

This is also an All-Eastern Conference Hart Trophy race, which will no doubt earn criticism from the West. But Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane likely split their vote; Ryan Getzlaf didn’t get the buzz he deserved; and Sergei Bobrovsky missed the playoffs.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 05/10/13 at 11:16 AM ET

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The way Ovie dogged it in the last game, he doesn’t deserve squat.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 05/10/13 at 11:36 AM ET

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I agree with you, but votes are tallied prior to the playoffs.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 05/10/13 at 11:55 AM ET

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Crosby was superb all season. Yes, he missed some time, but he still, incredibly, got 3rd in the scoring race

Nearly half of the season. When you take into account his assist inflation, if Crosby is on the ice he gets an assist, it isn’t over the top.

Posted by timbits on 05/10/13 at 12:17 PM ET

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.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) You’re a Clown !

Posted by Evilpens on 05/10/13 at 12:20 PM ET

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Timbits never adds anything to these conversations.

Posted by GoPens on 05/10/13 at 12:42 PM ET

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the team wasn’t the same without him.

Yeah. They just kept winning without him is all.

Tavares deserves this more than the other two.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 05/10/13 at 01:17 PM ET

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Marty St. Louis wins the scoring race, at age 37 no less, and he doesn’t get a nom?

Posted by Chris M on 05/10/13 at 01:52 PM ET

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The way Ovie dogged it in the last game, he doesn’t deserve squat.

Haha, totally agree.
Too bad votes are taken prior to playoffs. If that weren’t the case, Ovie gets 0% of the vote.

I really wish the NHL would hand out an award for best offensive forward.
Sometimes that’s what the MVP is for, and other times it’s truly given to the games most valuable player.

It’s hard to argue that Tavares doens’t deserve the Hart. Without him, the Isles own a top 4 pick in this years entry draft.
Without Crosby, the Pens still make the playoffs.

IMO, Crosby was easily the best offensive player this season. It took St.Louis, Stamkos and Ovie a month to catch him.

But out of those 3, Tavares should take the silver home.

P.S. I still think Craig Anderson was easily the most valuable player to his team.

Posted by Hank1974 on 05/10/13 at 02:25 PM ET

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Marty St. Louis wins the scoring race, at age 37 no less, and he doesn’t get a nom?

Whether it’s unfair or not, Marty’s team didn’t make the playoffs and he played with Stamkos all season long.

I love Marty too and thought he should have gotten recognition. Especially over Ovie who was non-existent for more than half of the season.

Posted by Hank1974 on 05/10/13 at 02:27 PM ET

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