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Crosby cleans up 2014 Hart Trophy voting

Jun 24, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT

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It’s not much of a surprise that Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby won his second career Hart Trophy on Tuesday. The bigger surprise might be that it took him until 2014 to notch his second MVP.

Penguins fans have been spoiled by Hart winners over the years, yet Crosby joins Mario Lemieux as the only Pittsburgh players to win the MVP multiple times (Lemieux won three). Jaromir Jagr and Evgeni Malkin took one apiece.

Crosby also nabbed his third career Pearson/Lindsay Trophy and Art Ross Trophy to put the bow on a sensational 2013-14 campaign, even if the future is fuzzy for the player and his franchise.

The 26-year-old took home his first Hart Trophy in his sophomore season back in 2006-07. Since then, the league’s biggest name won a Stanley Cup, two Olympic gold medals and improved multiple facets of his game, including going from a weak faceoff guy to one of the league’s top winners.

Unfortunately, it’s also been a bumpy road for “Sid the Kid.” Concussions and other injuries marred previous seasons and are the leading reason behind this being “only” his second MVP. As derisive as voting can be, almost anyone would acknowledge that Crosby was running away with the voting in 2012-13 before fate intervened in the form of a puck to the mouth.

He made little mistake about who would win the Hart in 2013-14, though. Crosby scored 104 points, the third-highest total of his career. It’s that much more impressive when you compare how Crosby fared to the rest of league’s top scorers, though; no one else even topped 90 points as Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf finished in second place with 87 points.

Crosby’s “fancy stats” were fantastic this season, too, so this is an award that few can quibble with.

Getzlaf and Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux rounded out the three finalists for the 2014 Hart Trophy. Here are the top 10 vote-getters:

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
1. Sidney Crosby, PIT 1341 (128-8-1-0-0)
2. Ryan Getzlaf, ANA 877 (5-96-28-5-0)
3. Claude Giroux, PHI 435 (2-15-42-27-19)
4. Semyon Varlamov, COL 256 (1-8-23-22-9)
5. Patrice Bergeron, BOS 137 (0-4-9-17-13)
6. Tyler Seguin, DAL 84 (0-1-6-12-11)
7. Joe Pavelski, SJ 71 (0-0-3-11-23)
8. Anze Kopitar, LA 58 (0-0-4-9-11)
9. Jonathan Toews, CHI 53 (0-2-4-4-7)
10. Ben Bishop, TB 52 (0-0-5-6-9)

Clearly Crosby ran away with the voting. Here are the MVP-winners and the second-place guys since 1990:

Year Winner Runner-up
2014 Sidney Crosby, Pit. Ryan Getzlaf, Ana.
2013 Alex Ovechkin, Wsh. Sidney Crosby, Pit.
2012 Evgeni Malkin, Pit. Steven Stamkos, T.B.
2011 Corey Perry, Ana. Daniel Sedin, Van.
2010 Henrik Sedin, Van. Alex Ovechkin, Wsh.
2009 Alex Ovechkin, Wsh. Evgeni Malkin, Pit.
2008 Alex Ovechkin, Wsh. Evgeni Malkin, Pit.
2007 Sidney Crosby, Pit. Roberto Luongo, Van.
2006 Joe Thornton, S.J. Jaromir Jagr, NYR
2004 Martin St. Louis, T.B. Jarome Iginla, Cgy.
2003 Peter Forsberg, Col. Markus Naslund, Van.
2002 Jose Theodore, Mtl. Jarome Iginla, Cgy.
2001 Joe Sakic, Col. Mario Lemieux, Pit.
2000 Chris Pronger, St.L Jaromir Jagr, Pit.
1999 Jaromir Jagr, Pit. Alexei Yashin, Ott.
1998 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Jaromir Jagr, Pit.
1997 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Paul Kariya, Ana.
1996 Mario Lemieux, Pit. Mark Messier, NYR
1995 Eric Lindros, Phi. Jaromir Jagr, Pit.
1994 Sergei Fedorov, Det. Dominik Hasek, Buf.
1993 Mario Lemieux, Pit. Doug Gilmour, Tor.
1992 Mark Messier, NYR Patrick Roy, Mtl.
1991 Brett Hull, St.L Wayne Gretzky, L.A.
1990 Mark Messier, Edm. Ray Bourque, Bos.

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  1. phxyotes - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    GRATS SIDNEY ON WINNING THE CUP THIS YEAR!!!!! Oh wait a second……

    • patthehockeyfan - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      You’ve been trolling all over these boards, not writing one positive thing. Insults here and there. Jealous much?

      Oh, wait! They did mention a ‘Yote tonight in the technical underachiever awards. Mike Smith and his pants goal. GRATS on that!

      • phxyotes - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        Hey thanks man I appreciate that.

  2. drewsylvania - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Most Valuable (regular season) Player.

    • 19to77 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      Tell me more about the Cup ring Rask won this year to go with his Vezina. Clutchest goalie in the League, am I right? Riiiight up until April.

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:37 PM

        So Semyon was better?

    • c9castine - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      Hypocrite

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Good and it’s about time. He should’ve won it a year ago.

  4. titansbro - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Great player, no doubt. But still a cream puff.

  5. bru308 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    No surprise. Well deserved.

  6. bencia823 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    the craziest thing is that he could have blown everybody out even worse if Dupuis hadn’t gotten injured. running away with the MVP with Brian Gibbons on your wing much of the year is damn amazing

  7. Stiller43 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Should have easily won last year too.

  8. gnashty - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Like him or not he deserves it. And Sid, thank you for keeping the 100 point season alive. Now let’s go Flyers!

  9. icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    He deserved it. It’s as simple as that.

  10. rushledger - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    NBC sports talk users given Sid his due? Nope, most still playing critics about stuff we already heard. Anyways congrats Sid you deserve it!

  11. steelcity333 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    I don’t know what is more impressive. That the Penguins have had 4 different players win the award or that they have had the winner or runner-up in 13 out of the last 24 years?

    • flyerspsu - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:04 AM

      I think the more impressive part is how many top picks they have had in last 30 yrs to get those players, truly remarkable

      • jaybaileys - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:22 AM

        They’ve had 3 and they traded up to get Fleury. At least they have 3 cups to show for it. Ottawa, Edmonton, Quebec all had 3 the last 30 years and have 0 cups.

      • steelcity333 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        Not as remarkable as the Flyers Stanley Cup drought is. 40 years is a long time for anything, regardless of what it is.

  12. joewilliesshnoz - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Congratulations, to the best player in the NHL, Sidney Crosby !

  13. billiam55 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    figures.

    • handsofsweed - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      Well, yes. When a player has a season like he did that was that grossly superior to any other player on Earth, it figures that he’d win the MOP and MVP awards.

      It’s really not that hard to understand.

  14. gbatap - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Seguin goes from the B’s third line to 6th in hart trophy voting.

  15. laxman1944 - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Very nice little prize

    Showing up in the playoffs where it really matters………oooops.

    LMAO

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      The insecurity of Flyers fans will never cease to amaze me.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:22 AM

        *the insecurity of SOME Flyers fans – completely unfair to paint with a broad brush.

    • laxman1944 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      Oh settle down you goof balls……just pressing buttons knowing it would get a rise.

      As MVP is defined he certainly was the most valuable player for his club above any other this year.

      Calm down and go to the beach……see ya’ll there.

  16. michiganhockey11 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Regular season numbers are great. How did he use that skill to propel his team deep into the playoffs and to a Cup run? Wait, he didn’t. He completely disappeared. That’s not a characteristic of a great player. Great players do great things. He was a ghost.

    • mangoman1966 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      Do you think your telling us pen fans something we don’t already know.

  17. eglsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Christ I am so over Crosby…..lets just have the Pens play the Caps every night, because that is all everyone wants to see……..Syd you should have given the “C” to Toews in the Olympics….you are NHL’s prom queen…….

    • theageofquarrel - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      But yet here you are whining about it.

    • handsofsweed - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      Your crying makes you PFT’s girl who finished second in the prom queen voting, but feels entitled to the tiara anyhow and let’s everyone know about it, even though nobody fuggin cares.

      Pipe down, Nancy.

  18. girouxsalem89 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    The award is for the regular season where he excelled, so criticizing his playoff performance is idiotic.

    This isn’t the Conn Smythe, its the regular season MVP.

    Guess what folks… he was the best player in the regular season.

    Hell I hate the guy but I can admit that.

  19. phtjoey - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    No doubt he was the best player over the regular season, so, he deserves the award. He now has to elevate his game in the playoffs, win the Conn Smythe and SC. That would make a huge statement and secure his legacy as one of the greatest ever to have played the game.

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