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Crosby, Giroux, Getzlaf named Ted Lindsay finalists

Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf, and Claude Giroux have been named finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award....

Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf, and Claude Giroux have been named finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award. (REUTERS)

Mike Zeisberger, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:17 PM ET

Sidney Crosby, Claude Giroux and Ryan Getzlaf were the NHL’s best this season.

A week ago, the writers said so, naming this impressive trio as the finalists for the Hart Trophy as league MVP. That award is selected by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

On Monday, the players said so too, voting the same threesome as the finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, which goes to “the most outstanding player” as selected by their NHLPA peers.

While Crosby has won the Hart just once in his prestigious career, he is looking to capture the Lindsay Award for a second consecutive time and the third overall.

The winner will be announced on June 24 during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.

Here’s the skinny of all three finalists:

- Sidney Crosby, of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada, played 80 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2013-14 regular season, and helped lead the Penguins to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. He won his second Art Ross Trophy for leading the league in points (104), while he finished first in assists (68), third in faceoffs won (991), first in points per game (1.30), first in even strength points (66) and led all forwards in average ice time per game (21:58). This marks seven out of the last eight seasons that a Penguins player has been nominated for the Ted Lindsay Award.

- Ryan Getzlaf, of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, played 77 games for the Anaheim Ducks during the 2013-14 regular season, and helped lead the Ducks to the best record in the Western Conference. He finished second in the league in points (87), scoring a career-high 31 goals, and placed third in points per game (1.13) and fifth in assists (56). He also finished the season with a +28 rating, the second-best plus-minus of his career. He is the second Ducks player in the last four seasons to be nominated for the Ted Lindsay Award, after teammate Corey Perry was a finalist in 2010-11. As a first-time nominee, Getzlaf is looking to become the first Ducks player to receive the “Most Outstanding Player” award.

- Claude Giroux, of Hearst, Ontario, Canada, played in all 82 regular season games for the Philadelphia Flyers in 2013-14. He placed third in the league in points (86), fourth in assists (58), second in power-play assists (30) and fourth in faceoffs won (931). For the fourth consecutive season, Giroux led all Flyers players in assists and points. His 28 goals equaled a career high, and he helped lead the Flyers to the club’s sixth playoff appearance in the last seven seasons, after a slow start to the season. Giroux is seeking to receive the Ted Lindsay Award as a first-time nominee, and he would become the first Flyers player to receive the Award since Eric Lindros in 1994-95.

 

Here is a list of previous winners of the Lester B. Pearson Award

 

Lester B. Pearson Award

1970-71 Phil Esposito

1971-72 Jean Ratelle

1972-73 Bobby Clarke

1973-74 Phil Esposito

1974-75 Bobby Orr

1975-76 Guy Lafleur

1976-77 Guy Lafleur

1977-78 Guy Lafleur

1978-79 Marcel Dionne

1979-80 Marcel Dionne

1980-81 Mike Liut

1981-82 Wayne Gretzky

1982-83 Wayne Gretzky

1983-84 Wayne Gretzky

1984-85 Wayne Gretzky

1985-86 Mario Lemieux

1986-87 Wayne Gretzky

1987-88 Mario Lemieux

1988-89 Steve Yzerman

1989-90 Mark Messier

1990-91 Brett Hull

1991-92 Mark Messier

1992-93 Mario Lemieux

1993-94 Sergei Fedorov

1994-95 Eric Lindros

1995-96 Mario Lemieux

1996-97 Dominik Hasek

1997-98 Dominik Hasek

1998-99 Jaromir Jagr

1999-00 Jaromir Jagr

2000-01 Joe Sakic

2001-02 Jarome Iginla

2002-03 Markus Naslund

2003-04 Martin St. Louis

2005-06 Jaromir Jagr

2006-07 Sidney Crosby

2007-08 Alexander Ovechkin

2008-09 Alexander Ovechkin

2009-10 Alexander Ovechkin

2010-11 Daniel Sedin

2011-12 Evgeni Malkin

2012-13 Sidney Crosby

 

 

mike.zeisberger@sunmedia.ca

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