Apr 26, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) at the face-off circle against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period in game five of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pens' Captain Sidney Crosby a Finalist for Hart Trophy (MVP)


Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby has reportedly been named a finalist for the NHL’s Hart Trophy (MVP) Thursday – according to the Pens’ Twitter handle.

After claiming the Art Ross Trophy (league’s top point-getter) at season’s end, Crosby will arguably be the frontrunner to secure the league’s MVP.

Finishing the regular-season with 104 points (36G, 68A), Crosby held a 17-point advantage over the NHL’s second-best scorer, Ryan Getzlaf, of the Anaheim Ducks. His 68 helpers also ranked first in the league.

Finally able to perform in all but two games, after years of injury misery, Crosby broke the 100-point plateau for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign. His 104 points was the third-most he’s ever garnered in a season.

Crosby is seeking his second career Hart Trophy. He won his first after the 2006-07 campaign.

Getzlaf and Philadelphia Flyers’ captain Claude Giroux are the other nominees.

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