Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, already a Ted Lindsay Award recipient, was a double honoree on Tuesday when rewarded with the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player.
Crosby had been a finalist for the fourth time, and becomes a second-time winner, after leading the NHL with 104 points this season, registering at least one point in 60 of the 80 games he played. He scored 36 goals and led the league with 68 assists to capture his second Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's top scorer.
The 26-year-old Nova Scotia native captured his initial Hart Trophy in 2007 and finished as the runner-up in 2010 and again last year. Crosby was a near- unanimous choice to win after garnering 128 first-place votes of 137 ballots cast.
Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was a distant second, while Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux placed third.
Getzlaf scored a career-high 31 goals and finished second in the NHL with 87 points to help Anaheim to the top record in the Western Conference. He had a 14-game point streak from Nov. 15-Dec. 15, the longest in the NHL since the 2011-12 season. The 28-year-old Saskatchewan native, a first-time Hart finalist, failed in his bid to join teammate Corey Perry (2011) as the only Ducks member to win the award.
Giroux was also a Hart finalist for the first time after finishing third in the scoring race with 86 points. He matched a career best with 28 goals and had a great finish to the season with 79 points in his last 67 games to help the Flyers earn a playoff spot after a disastrous 3-9-0 start. A Flyer hasn't won the Hart Trophy since Eric Lindros in 1995.