Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was named a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.”
All award winners will be announced at the annual NHL Awards Show on Wednesday, June 22 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.
Crosby is the second Penguins player nominated for a major NHL award, joining Pascal Dupuis, who is a finalist for the Masterton Trophy.
Crosby is a two-time Hart Trophy winner, having captured the award in 2013 and ’07.
If he wins this year, Crosby will join Mario Lemieux as the only three-time winner of the award in franchise history.
Crosby was the leading catalyst of Pittsburgh’s ascension to the fourth-best record in the NHL, and second-best mark in the Eastern Conference.
Crosby led the Penguins in points for the fourth-straight year, earning him his sixth team MVP honor. His 85 points (36G-49A) were the third-highest total in the entire NHL, and the most by a center.
During the second half of the season, Crosby helped the Penguins soar the standings despite injuries to several other top players. He notched at least one point in 20 of his last 21 games, a stretch where the Penguins won 17 of 21 games to solidify home-ice advantage in the opening round.
This year, Crosby established a career high with nine game-winning goals, the second-highest total in the league behind Joe Pavelski’s 11. His final game winner, an overtime tally against Washington on April 7, clinched Pittsburgh second place in the Metropolitan Division.
Beginning with Mike Sullivan’s promotion to head coach on Dec. 12, Crosby was the NHL’s leading scorer from that date through the end of the regular season, tallying 66 points (30G-36A) in 53 games.