The award, named in honour of late Minnesota North Stars player Bill Masterton, is given to "the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey." The winner will announced June 18 in Las Vegas.
Sullivan returned to the Predators this season after missing almost two full years because of a back injury. Zednik had 17 goals in 70 games, a season after his carotid artery was sliced by a teammate's skate blade in Buffalo.
It was a different game in the past, that's for sure. It's not exactly what I was expecting but I think the experience paid off for a lot of our guys that realized what it takes in a Game 7. Realistically the effort we put forward, we might not even had to put 60 [minutes], but we just couldn't get a couple bounces to go our way and we just kept pushing.
— Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby on Washington's play in Game 7 vs. the Islanders