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Star trio in running for Lindsay Award

Wednesday, 06.23.2010 / 11:42 AM ET / News
By Rocky Bonanno  - NHL.com Staff Writer
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Star trio in running for Lindsay Award
The members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and the National Hockey League Players' Association are in agreement -- Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Henrik Sedin were the three best players of the 2009-10 season.

On Thursday, the NHLPA announced the trio as finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually to the "Most Outstanding Player" in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

The same three are finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team" as selected by the PHWA.

The NHLPA introduced the Ted Lindsay Award last week, and it takes the place of the Lester B. Pearson Award, which was first handed out in 1970-71 and was named in honor of the 14th Prime Minister of Canada (1963-68). The new trophy honors Hockey Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay, a player known for his skill, tenacity and leadership, as well as his role in establishing the original Players' Association.

The award will be presented at the 2010 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 23.

Ovechkin won the last two Pearson Awards, and Crosby took the honor in 2006-07.

Sedin, Crosby and Ovechkin finished 1-2-3 in the NHL scoring race, respectively, and Crosby and Ovechkin are two of only three players to have scored at least 50 goals in 2009-10 (Steven Stamkos of Tampa Bay being the other).

Crosby appeared in 81 games for the Penguins, totaling 109 points and a career-high 51 goals, which earned him a share of the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy.

Ovechkin played in only 72 games for Washington, but reached 50 goals and 100 points for the third consecutive season and fourth time in five NHL seasons. He finished with 50 and 109, respectively. Should he be selected the Lindsay Award winner, he would join Guy Lafleur and Wayne Gretzky as the only players to win the honor three consecutive seasons.

Sedin appeared in all 82 games for the Canucks and scored a League-high 112 points on 29 goals and 83 assists, all career bests. He set several franchise scoring records in 2009-10.

The NHLPA also launched the 2009-10 Ted Lindsay Award Contest on its Web site, NHLPA.com. Fans are encouraged to select the Ted Lindsay Award recipient just like the players do. A random draw will take place June 24, following the 2010 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, to determine the grand-prize winner, as well as the second- and third-place finishers.

To honor the history of the "Most Outstanding Player" award, an NHLPA Goals & Dreams equipment donation will be made in Lester B. Pearson's name to a Canadian youth hockey organization, which will be selected together with members of the Pearson family. Launched in November 1999, NHLPA Goals & Dreams was created as a way for players to give back to the game they love, and has donated more than $18 million worldwide to grassroots hockey programs.





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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59