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...