Despite missing the whole month of April — and then some — Pens captain Sidney Crosby was still able to finish as a finalist for the Hart Trophy (NHL MVP).
On Thursday, Crosby was officially nominated for the accolade alongside Washington forward Alexander Ovechkin and New York forward John Tavares.
Having won the award for the 2006-07 season, Crosby is looking to add his second MVP.
In 36 games played this season, number-87 culminated 56 points (15G, 41A) and skated to an eye-popping plus-26 rating.
And considering teammate Evgeni Malkin is already the reigning recipient, Crosby could make it back-to-back seasons in which a Pens player was given the honors.
This would be the first time a pair of teammates snatched the prestigious award in consecutive years since Boston’s Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr did it in 1969 and 1970.
Quite the accomplishment for Crosby — considering the amount of time he missed.
People got to remember, this was Crosby’s first full (almost) season since suffering his infamous concussion on Jan. 1st, 2011.
Had he not gone down with a broken jaw — and if the current season wasn’t shortened — we would’ve witnessed something legendary.