Sidney Crosby finalist for Hart Trophy

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Penguins center Sidney Crosby has been named a finalist for the Hart Trophy, which goes to the NHL's most-valuable player.

The other finalists are Washington winger Alex Ovechkin and New York Islanders center John Tavares.

The Penguins lead the Islanders, 3-2, in a first-round playoff matchup that continues Saturday night on Long Island.

The announcement comes a day after Crosby was named one of three finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, which goes to the league's most outstanding player, as voted by the players.

The Hart Trophy is determined by a vote of members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Crosby finished tied for third in the regular season with 56 points.

He was leading the league in scoring handily when he suffered a broken jaw March 30 that ended his regular season.

He amassed his points in just 36 games, or three-quarters of the 48-game, lockout-shortened season.

The Penguins' Kris Letang was announced earlier in the week as a finalist for the Norris Trophy, which goes to the top defenseman.

The award winners will be announced during the Stanley Cup final.

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Shelly Anderson:, 412-263-1721 and on Twitter: @pgshelly


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