Penguins center Sidney Crosby today was named one of three finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, which goes to the most outstanding NHL player as voted by the players.
The nomination comes even after Crosby missed the last quarter of the lockout-shortened regular season after surgery for a broken jaw.
Crosby, 25, was leading the NHL with 56 points in 36 games when his regular season was ended by a deflected puck.
The other finalists are Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The announcement comes a day after the Penguins' Kris Letang was named one of three finalists for the Norris Trophy, which goes to the league's top defenseman and a day before the three finalists for the Hart Trophy will be unveiled.
The Hart goes to the league MVP and Crosby could be among the finalists.
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