ANAHEIM -- When Corey Perry won the Hart Trophy in 2011, it was thought to light a fire under longtime friend and Anaheim Ducks linemate Ryan Getzlaf. It took a slightly longer than expected, but Getzlaf truly took ownership of his captaincy this season.
That was confirmed Thursday when Getzlaf was announced as one of three finalists for the Hart Trophy, given to the NHL's most valuable player. Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers are the other nominees.
Getzlaf's nomination comes two seasons after he endured his worst in the NHL, and it could give the Ducks two Hart winners on the same line.