TAMPA, Fla. Martin St. Louis could be named the NHLs best.
On Thursday morning, the league announced that the veteran Tampa Bay Lightningwinger is one of three finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, presented annuallyto the NHLs Most Outstanding Player. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosbyand Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin also are finalists.
The players vote on the award, which honors Lindsay, 87, a former winger for theDetroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks. St. Louis (once), Crosby (once) andOvechkin (three times) are all previous recipients of the honor. Before the2009-10 season, the accolade was known as the Lester B. Pearson Award.
St. Louis, a 14-year veteran, led the league in points (60) this season, winninghis second career Art Ross Trophy, following his first after the 2003-04campaign. He also ranked first in assists (43), second in points per game (1.25)and fifth in power play assists.
Hey, Im proud, St. Louis said of winning the Art Ross Trophy, after aseason-ending loss to the Florida Panthers on April 27. Im really excitedabout it. Im not going to pretend Im not.
This is the third consecutive year a Lightning player has been nominated for theaward. Center Steven Stamkos was a finalist in each of the past two seasons. St.Louis claimed the honor after the 2003-04 campaign, when he had 94 points and aplus-minus rating of plus-35.
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