Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Lightning center Steven Stamkos were named Friday as the finalists for the 2011-12 NHL Hart Memorial Trophy. Lundqvist, who led New York to a first place finish in the Easter Conference, becomes the first goalie to finish in the top three in league MVP voting since 2006-07. The Rangers netminder recorded 39 wins with a .930 save percentage and eight shutouts. Malkin, a projected favorite to take the award, led the NHL with 109 points this season, scoring 50 goals to go along with 59 assists. The Penguins center has now been named a finalist for the Hart Trophy three times in his six-year career. He finished second in the voting in 2008 and 2009. Stamkos, meanwhile, entered the season with a new five-year, $37.5 million deal and earned every penny with a league-leading 60 goals, becoming only the 20th player to reach the mark in NHL history. The 22-year-old center added 37 assists to finish the season s...
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