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    • NEW YORK — Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby, Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky are finalists for the NHL’s Hart Trophy.

      The award is given annually to the league’s most valuable player. Crosby is a two-time Hart Trophy winner, having taken the award home in 2008 and 2014. He led the NHL with 44 goals this season while helping the defending Stanley Cup champions post the second-best record in the league.

      Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, Oilers center Connor McDavid and Penguins center Sidney Crosby named the finalists for the Hart Trophy, given annually to the NHL’s MVP. Good trio, close to my top three. My ballot for Hart went like this: 1. McDavid, 2. Erik Karlsson, Senators 3. Crosby. Have to consider McDavid the favorite.

      Bobrovsky led the NHL in both goals against (2.06) and save percentage (.931) as the Blue Jackets enjoyed the best season in franchise history.

      McDavid won the scoring title by posting a league-high 100 points behind 30 goals and 70 assists as the Oilers reached the postseason for the first time in 11 years.

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