Despite his injury, Penguins star Sidney Crosby is once again one of the top candidates for the league's most valuable player award.
By Jenn Menendez Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sidney Crosby's dominating regular season -- even though shortened by injury -- might earn him a second Hart Trophy as the NHL's regular-season MVP.
Crosby was named one of three finalists Friday morning joining Washington's Alex Ovechkin and the New York Islanders' John Tavares for an all-Eastern Conference trio after the vote by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.
"It's definitely an honor anytime you get nominated for an award, especially as you said coming off some injuries and a long couple years there missing games," Crosby said Friday on a media conference call.
Crosby, 25, won his first Hart Trophy in the 2006-07 season and was a finalist in 2010.
He amassed 56 points in just 36 games this year before a deflected puck broke his jaw March 30. Crosby missed 12 regular-season games.
Ovechkin scored 32 goals in 48 games, including 23 in his final 23 games and Tavares scored 28 goals to lead the Islanders with 47 points in 48 games and into the postseason for the first time since 2006-07.
Crosby said he can certainly relate to Tavares as a young player thrust into such a prominent role.
"I think he's his own player," Crosby said. "I can relate to him to what that feels like, the expectation, knowing there's pressure and coming to a young team. ... He's done a great job of handling that pressure.
"He's a big reason why his team is there now. He had a great season, led the way for them. He's definitely gotten better and better for them each year."