Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is in the running for a second consecutive Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player.
A trio of Russians -- Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings -- were named as finalists for the award on Wednesday.
The winner is to be announced June 18 at the NHL awards show in Las Vegas.
Ovechkin led the league in goals this season with 56. He could become the first repeat winner of the Hart since Dominik Hasek in 1997 and 1998.
Malkin has already won the Art Ross Trophy for leading the league in scoring with 113 points, three more than Ovechkin.
Datsyuk is considered by many the league's most complete player. He was fourth in scoring with 97 points and was plus-34.
He is also a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy as most gentlemanly player and the Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
NHL Announces Hart Trophy Nominees
According to TSN, the NHL today annouced the Hart Trophy nominees: