Sidney Crosby’s dominating regular-season performance this year earned him another NHL award nomination on Friday – this time as one of three finalists for the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP.
Voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (WHWA), the Hart Trophy is awarded annually to the player judged to be the most valuable player to his team.
On Thursday, Crosby was named one of three finalists alongside Alex Ovechkin and Martin St. Louis for the Ted Lindsay Award, which goes to the NHL’s ‘most outstanding player’ as voted by the NHL Players’ Association.
Crosby, 25, will be attempting to earn the second Hart Trophy of his career. He won his first in 2006-07 when he scored a career-best 120 points.
Should Crosby win the Hart Trophy it would make back-to-back years that a Penguins player won the award, as Evgeni Malkin captured it last season. It would also be the first time that two different teammates won the Hart in back-to-back years since Boston’s Bobby Orr (1970) and Phil Esposito (1969).
Crosby is looking to join Mario Lemieux (3 times) as the only Penguins to win the Hart Trophy multiple times. As a franchise, the Penguins have won a total of six Hart Trophies (Lemieux, 3; Crosby, 1; Malkin, 1; Jaromir Jagr, 1).
Crosby had arguably the most dominant year of his career this season, finishing third (tied) in scoring with 56 points (15G-41A), despite missing the final 12-plus games of the regular season due to a broken jaw suffered on his first shift March 30 against the New York Islanders.
Crosby finished the regular season with a league-high 1.56 point-per-game average – the third-highest single-season total of the last 13 years behind only Mario Lemieux’s 1.77 average in 2000-01 and the 1.61 points Crosby averaged in 2010-11.