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Crosby, Giroux, Getzlaf named Lindsay Award finalists

May 5, 2014, 11:34 AM EDT


Like most years, this season’s Ted Lindsay Award finalists have a familiar ring to them.

The three players nominated for the Hart Trophy — given annually to the league MVP — are up for this year’s Lindsay, given to the most outstanding player as voted by the NHLPA: Sidney Crosby, Claude Giroux and Ryan Getzlaf.

Previously known as the Lester B. Pearson, the Lindsay — re-named in 2010 — is currently held by Crosby, who captured the trophy in ’13 despite missing significant time with a broken jaw while losing the Hart to Alex Ovechkin. It was Crosby’s second Pearson/Lindsay win; neither Giroux nor Getzlaf have ever captured the award.

As for the finalists’ accolades, here’s the original Hart Trophy release from

Crosby posted 36 goals as well as a League-leading 68 assists and 104 points to capture his second career Art Ross Trophy and lead the Penguins to their second consecutive division title. He registered points in 60 of the 80 games he played in (75.0%), including 30 multi-point performances, and never went more than two consecutive games without registering a point.

Getzlaf scored a career-high 31 goals and ranked second in the League with 87 points to power the Ducks to the top record in the Western Conference for the first time in franchise history. He posted a 14-game point streak Nov. 15-Dec. 15 (6-11—17), the longest in the NHL since the 2011-12 season.

Giroux matched a career high with 28 goals and finished third in the NHL scoring race with 86 points to help the Flyers bounce back from a 3-9-0 start to the season to qualify for the playoffs for the sixth time in the past seven years. After being held pointless in his first five games and not scoring a goal until his 16th contest, Giroux totaled 28-51—79 in his final 67 outings of the season, an average of 1.18 points per game.

It’ll be interesting to see if the NHLPA decision mirrors that of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, who voted on the Hart. Crosby is widely expected to take home MVP honors, but the Hart and Lindsay don’t always synch up. In 2011, Daniel Sedin won the Lindsay while Corey Perry took home the Hart; in 2010, Ovechkin took home the Lindsay while Henrik Sedin won the Hart.

The last dual winner was Evgeni Malkin, who captured both tropies in 2012.

  1. hockeyfan1701 - May 5, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    The Crosby hate starts in 3..2..1…

    • sjsblitz - May 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      People are starting to pay more attention to MacKinnon and McDavid

      • Hockeyfan - May 5, 2014 at 6:51 PM

        Not for this award. Maybe someday…..

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 5, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      Thats tired

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 5, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      Its old now

  2. lowenni - May 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    As much as we all hate Crosby, it’s hard to argue against him for this award. What a season he had.

  3. rushledger - May 5, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Hate him or not, and I think it’s fairly stupid a true hockey fan would hate the best player, but ok. Sid is the only player to break a 100 points this season. Scary trend if things hold up, glad Sid kept triple digits alive for us.

    • maalea - May 5, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      It’s not stupid that true fans hate on the best players, it happens in every sport. Take Randy Moss, He was the best WR in the game but people hated him for his antics.
      Sid WAS a whiner and a diver early in his career. He rarely does this anymore. People expect the best player in the world to be above those tactics, so they hate him. Then there are those fans that have roster envy.

      • har21441 - May 5, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        I hate the whiner and diver label. The C’s and two A’s are supposed to be the only ones on the ice to have the ear of the officials. Crosby’s problem is that when he’s arguing a bad call, he actually looks whiny, as opposed to other team captains that maybe show their emotion better or look different doing it.

        Same with diving. Crosby doesn’t “dive” any more than anyone else out there – but other players that do it for the most part have it called “embellishing” and it’s a “veteran move since they knew the situation” and it results in a power play.

      • girouxsalem89 - May 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        He doesn’t dive that much anymore, but its kinda hard to forget how bad he was about it early in his career.

      • Kristenaux - May 5, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        >It’s not stupid that true fans hate on the best players, it happens in every sport.<
        Really?I don't think so. True fans *who know their sport* also recognize the talent in their sport. If the best doesn't happen to be on your team then you can fear them, you can respect them, you should admire them…but hate them? That's like a bunch of teenager girls looking through a Hollywood magazine, seeing a beautiful woman and saying "Oooh she's soooo beautiful! I just hate her soooo much!"
        Sometimes we just grown up.
        As for his diving, he was the best when he came into the league…as an 18 yr old! Like I just said. Sometimes we just grow up.

      • chanceoffleury - May 5, 2014 at 6:32 PM

        Interesting fact I learned while watching Game 2 on the CBC broadcast: Crosby has not drawn a penalty this entire playoffs.

        I still feel like that can’t possibly be true, but I guess it is. Considering his reputation it’s an interesting thing to note for all the people that say the refs favor him or that he wines more than anyone else to draw penalties. Especially when you look at how hard Dubinsky played him in round 1, and even game 1 against the Rangers.

      • flyerspsu - May 5, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        Crosby WAS the biggest whiner in the league and one of the biggest divers, he literally got over 50% of the votes from fellow NHL players for who is the biggest whiner, 2nd place only got 8%, so you cant deny he was a huge whiner, but he has gotten a lot better and is pretty respectable now, I have no problem with Crosby anymore, although I thought he matured and had no problem with him until the 2012 series when he essentially threw a temper tantrum, but other than that hes been professional and I will view him in that regard unless he resorts back to his old ways

        as for hating players cus they are great, that is true to an extent, but guys like Toews, Tavares, Stamkos, Datsyuk, Giroux and Mackinnon all get less flack than Crosby, and Ovechkins criticism is for lack of effort and all around game, not diving and whining because he doesnt do it like Crosby did so much, there were absolute legitimate reasons to hate Crosby, but hes matured and really not bad at all anymore

      • maalea - May 5, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        >>>As for his diving, he was the best when he came into the league…as an 18 yr old!>>>>

        That’s funny I don’t see or hear anyone talk about Nathan MacKinnon’s whining or diving but I do hear people compare him to Crosby as a rookie talent.

        You can hate on the player’s behavior but drool over his skills and if he wears enemy colors, people will hate him.

        It’s simple human nature.

  4. petersteelewannabe - May 5, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    It would seem to me that Crosby is the lock for this, at least this one is clearly for the best player in the league as opposed to the Hart, which is for the most valuable player to his team. The Hart is much more open to debate-though Crosby is expected to win that as well, Getzlaf and Giroux are certainly worthy considerations.

  5. muckleflugga - May 5, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    the best player in the world lmao … get out and get a breathe of the ozone girls

    one would think the best player in the world would have more than one goal in the winter olympics and stanley cup playoffs combined

    remove crosby from cbc and nbc love derby, and he falls off the radar

    talk about getting mileage out of old news raaaaaaaaalph

    • hockeyfan1701 - May 5, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      “Falls of the radar”……how does the league leader in points “Fall of the Radar”? Ohhhh. I get it the CBC and NBC give him those points.

  6. har21441 - May 5, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    LOL Giroux

  7. podevil - May 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Giroux again, should not even be in the same conversation with Getzlaf and Crosby…

    • gnashty - May 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      Yeah, how can you put someone who only had 3 less points than Getzlaf and #1 point scorer since the olympic break. K

    • kastout11 - May 5, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Stupid comment. He clearly belongs in the conversation. Crosby clearly wins the Lindsay Award, but Giroux is the MVP.

      • podevil - May 5, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        The stupid comment is that “Giroux is the MVP”

    • flyerspsu - May 5, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      how? Giroux leads the league in points over the last 3 seasons, plays with the worst team out of the 3 guys, has better playoff stats than Getzlaf, Giroux belongs in that group

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