Penguins' captain Sidney Crosby has been named a finalist for the Hart Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL player judged most valuable to his team.
The winner will be announced at the NHL Awards Show at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on June 19.
Crosby, 31, is a finalist for the award for the third time in the last four years and fifth time in the previous seven seasons. Most recently, the two-time winner (2007, 2014) was a runner-up to eventual winners Patrick Kane and Connor McDavid in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
The Penguins' center finished the season with 100 points (35G-65A) in 79 games. Crosby led his team in assists and points, and ranked second in goals behind only his linemate Jake Guentzel (40). He recorded his ninth 30-goal season and sixth 60-assist campaign of his career. Crosby's dominant play earned him his eighth Penguins team MVP.
On March 1, the Penguins sat outside the playoff picture before Crosby took charge to help the team finish the season third in the Metropolitan Division. Crosby's 23 points (8G-15A) in the remaining 19 games propelled the Penguins to earn points in 15 of the 19 games. The team's 26 points in that span were tied for the most in the league with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Crosby finished tied for fifth in NHL scoring with 100 points, making him the only active player with six 100-point seasons. This is the ninth time Crosby has finished in the top-five in points. Only Gordie Howe (20 times) and Wayne Gretzky (16 times) have accomplished that more often in NHL history. Crosby is tied for third on that list with Mario Lemieux, Maurice Richard, Andy Bathgate and Stan Mikita.
Since 2007, Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have been finalists for the Hart Trophy 10 times in 13 seasons. This is Crosby's seventh time as a finalist for the award, while Malkin has been a finalist three times, winning the Hart Trophy in 2012.
If Crosby's name is announced this year, he will join Mario Lemieux (1988, 1993, & 1996) as the only three-time winners of the award in franchise history.