Originally written on Hockey Fan Land  |  Last updated 11/12/14
   Three of the NHL’s top scoring forwards have been nominated for the league’s Ted Lindsay Award for the 2012/13 season. The award is voted on by the league’s players and given out to who they feel is the player of the year. This year’s nominees are the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Martin St. Louis. Crosby and Ovechkin have also been nominated for the Hart Trophy, given to the league’s most valuable player.    The 25-year-old year-old Crosby is a previous winner of the award as he took it home after the 2006-07 season. He missed 12 games this campaign, but still managed to finish tied for third place in the NHL scoring race with 56 points from 15 goals and 41 assists. The center scored a league-leading 1.56 points a game on average. However, he missed the final dozen games of the 48-game season after he was struck in the face with a puck and suffered a broken jaw.    Crosby was leading the league in scoring at the time of the injury and was still leading it in the final week of the season until he was finally passed. His plus 26 rating was a career high. Crosby said that he cherishes each and every award nomination that he receives, but to be recognized by your fellow players is always something special. He added that he tries to play his best every shift and is thrilled that his peers recognize this.    Ovechkin has already won one award this season as he captured the league’s Rocket Richard Trophy which is given to the top goal scorer in the NHL. Ovechkin started the season slowly and some people had written him off. He turned his game around though and finished the campaign with 32 goals to earn his third Rocket Richard trophy win. Ovechkin added 24 assists and finished tied with Crosby at 56 points for third-best in the league.    The 27-year-old Russian winger scored a league-leading 16 power play markers and helped lead Washington to the title in the Southeast Division. He scored 22 goals in the final 29 contests and added 12 assists for 41 points in that stretch. He finished the regular season with a plus two record.    The 37-year-old St. Louis captured the Art Ross Trophy for the second time in his career this season. The Art Ross is awarded to the league’s top overall scorer. St. Louis took it by passing Crosby in the final few days and finishing the year with 60 points on 17 goals and 43 assists. The award means St. Louis is now the oldest player in NHL history to lead the league in scoring during a season.    He’s also one of just three players in history to score a minimum of 1.25 points a game after reaching the age of 37. The others to achieve this feat are Hall of Fame members Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings and Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Howe set the mark back in the 1968/69 season and Lemieux matched it in 2002/03. St. Louis’ 43 assists were tops in the league the year. St. Louis missed the playoffs with Tampa this season and finished the campaign as en even player in the plus/minus rankings.    For the latest odds on NHL hockey soccer please visit http://sports.visitorium.com/bet365/ 
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