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Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and John Tavares are 2013 Hart Trophy finalists

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Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and John Tavares are the NHL's 2013 Hart Trophy nominees

There are compelling cases to be made for all three of this season’s Hart Trophy nominees. (AP/AP/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

There really ought to be an asterisk on the Hart Trophy to designate the years in which it is awarded to the NHL’s best player instead of, as stipulated by the rules, “the player adjudged to be most valuable to his team.”

Some years, that player is one and the same. This won’t be one of those years because Sergei Bobrovsky isn’t among the finalists. And there is no one in this league who more demonstrably had a greater impact on his team’s fortunes than Bob.

That’s not to overlook the achievements of the three players who made the cut: Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin of Washington, and New York Islanders’ star John Tavares. You can make a solid argument for any of them as the league’s top performer.

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  • Published On May 10, 2013
  • Alex Ovechkin’s goal output debated

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    Alex Ovechkin has preying on weak Southeast Division teams like the Carolina Hurricanes.

    When it comes to defense and goaltending, four Southeast teams rank in the NHL’s bottom 10. (Gerry Broome/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    Ask any coach and he’ll tell you it’s not how you score that matters, but how many. It’s a pragmatic approach for a sport that judges a winner based on a simple tally rather than the awarding of style points.

    But does it also matter who you score against?

    That’s the argument being posed this morning on Twitter by some fans and media members who are wondering whether the value of Alex Ovechkin’s stats have to be measured with an eye on the pillowy soft competition he faces in the Southeast Division.

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  • Published On Apr 09, 2013


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