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Crosby, St. Louis, Ovechkin named Ted Lindsay Award finalists

May 9, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

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The NHLPA has announced that Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis, and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin are this year’s Ted Lindsay Award nominees.

This award (previously known as the Lester B. Pearson Award) goes to the “most outstanding player” as voted on by their peers. The emphasis is on outstanding, while the Hart Memorial Trophy goes to the most valuable player.

Crosby would have been the run away winner for this award, but his season ended abruptly when he took a puck to the face and suffered a broken jaw. All the same, he tied for third in the league with 56 points in just 36 games. It’s not a factor for this award, but he has of course returned in the playoffs, posting six points in three games versus the Islanders. He previously claimed this award back in 2007.

At 37 years old, St. Louis became the oldest winner of the Art Ross Trophy with 60 points in just 48 games. He’s one of those rare players that just seems to be getting better with age, although obviously getting playing time with Steven Stamkos hasn’t hurt.

Ovechkin got off to a sluggish start this season, but finished 2013 with an incredible 22 goals in his last 21 games. That propelled him to win his third Rocket Richard Trophy with 32 goals and 48 games. It’s also one of the main reasons Washington was able to shake of its bad start to the season and win the Southeast Division.

Ovechkin has already won this award three times. Wayne Gretzky won a record five times, while Mario Lemieux claimed it four times.

One notable player that didn’t make the cut is Stamkos, who had the mirror image season of Ovechkin. Stamkos scored an incredible 25 goals in his first 34 games, but fizzled out in the final month of the season. His team collapsed along with him and they missed the playoffs, but Stamkos still gave them 29 goals and 28 assists in 48 games this season.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - May 9, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    It’s weird that the other NHL players don’t think Crosby sucks as bad as half the people reading these articles, eh?

    • lostpuppysyndrome - May 9, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      Meh, most of those folks are Flyers fans anyway. They also seem to forget that the only people who like Philly is Philly.

  2. spavs412 - May 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Only one piece of hardware matters

  3. sjsharks66 - May 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Wait, i thought Crosby was “despised by all the players in the league” and that “he will never gain their respect until he stop being a b*tch” ???

  4. jpelle82 - May 9, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    if folks want to eliminate crosby from their hart candidacy due to injury or the strength of the penguins roster i can understand that. he should win this one hands down though as he was by far the most outstanding this year and the players know it…it took st louis 10 games to catch him and ovechkin all 48 games to tie

  5. gotampabay52 - May 9, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Give it to St Louis he is old and tough not like young and fragile crosby and screw the russian

  6. rsl22 - May 9, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Just because many people (myself included) don’t like Crosby as a person, that doesn’t mean he isn’t a phenomenal hockey player. He is what he is, both loved and hated…but at the end of the day, he’s still probably the best “player” out there (when healthy).

    Having said that, and as a Caps/OV fan, this trophy should go to St. Louis. I think OV wins the Hart, but the Lindsay is for “Most Outstanding Player,” which I think is St. Louis. Had the Bolts not sucked so bad, he’d get Hart consideration, but since it’s a singular award and not team based, Marty gets it.

  7. colossal87 - May 9, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    No other compares to sid, the hands down winner.

  8. mclovinhockey - May 9, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    As a flyers fan I admit, Sid should win this… AO for hart, but Sid should win this for sure, only other thing to consider is Marty for doing so great when most players turn into depth players, but Sid had a great year.

    Oh and if you think the only people who like Philly is Philly, maybe you should check the NHL Facebook page…. It’s 29 teams fans vs pens fans…
    It’s what happens when you get away with murder, other fans just start to hate that team.

    All that I saw yesterday was morrow should be suspended for this
    Letang had to be suspended for that
    Oh Kunitz was a 3rd man in on this……

    So yeah most hockey fans just hate when teams get away with things and the pens have gotten away with a lot these playoffs, even most pens fans are admitting it.

    Anyway good luck tonight, all I want to see is an enjoyable clean game but every series the refs seems to be on crack

  9. earpaniac - May 9, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    I’m not a Crosby fan, but if any one else wins this it’s a joke. I do NOT think he should win the Hart, however. I think it should go to Tavares first, then Toews. I know there isn’t a chance in hell of that happening, but just my opinion.

  10. c1md6 - May 9, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    As a ranger fan it pains me to say it but how is it even close? Crosby by a mile.

  11. chanceoffleury1 - May 9, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Sid or Marty for sure. You can argue the Ovechkin woes for Hart, but a “most outstanding player” shows up every shift he’s on the ice. Marty will probably win it since he showed up for a full season and the fact he hung with all the “youngins” at 37 years old. If that’s not outstanding I’m not sure what is! You could argue Sid showed up when he was on the ice, but at the end of the day he did have an injury that put him out for a good chunk of the season. Some teams only saw him for one game.

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