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Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby is a candidate to win the Hart Trophy for the third time in his NHL career.


Crosby, along with Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, are the finalists for the trophy given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team.


The winner will be announced at the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on June 21 (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN).


Crosby, 29, won the Hart in 2007 and 2014. This season he led the NHL with 44 goals, his highest total since scoring 51 in 2009-10, and tied with Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane for second in the League with 89 points.


McDavid, 20, led the League in scoring with 100 points (30 goals, 70 assists). He's the first Oiler with 100 points in a season since Doug Weight had 104 in 1995-96. McDavid's 30 multipoint games and 11 three-point games also led the NHL, and he finished the regular season with 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) during a 14-game points streak to help the Oilers reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2006.


Bobrovsky, 28, set a Blue Jackets record with 41 wins, led the League with a 2.06 GAA and .931 save percentage, and his seven shutouts were tied for third behind Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals (nine) and Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins (eight). His 14-game winning streak from Nov. 29 to Jan. 3 tied for the second longest in NHL history; the NHL record is 17 straight by Gilles Gilbert with the Boston Bruins in 1975-76.


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McDavid. Not even close.


For a while, Crosby was close behind or perhaps even ahead of McDavid in this race, but McDavid pulled ahead at the end of the season.


Bobrovsky was huge for Columbus, but Vezina winners/candidates are always huge for their teams. In my mind, a goaltender has to be far and above the rest of his team to win the Hart, a la Price.

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Really makes you think


3 first overall picks before McDavid, a handful of top 10 picks, and being absolute trash for 10 years and they Oilers STILL haven't rebuilt properly.


I mean if they lost McDavid they would literally not have a team.


Any other team in the NHL would have built a powerhouse under those circumstances, but the Oilers have a one man show.

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21 hours ago, Fanuck said:

Please let it be Sid.  Already sick and tired of this Coiler resurgence bs.  

If they go on to the finals and somehow win the cup this year I will actually laugh.

It will just confirm that the Canucks are never winning one

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