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Kucherov, MacKinnon and Matthews are Ted Lindsay Award finalists

Kucherov, MacKinnon and Matthews are Ted Lindsay Award finalists

Nikita Kucherov, Nathan MacKinnon and Auston Matthews were named finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award on Wednesday.

The award is presented annually to the most outstanding player in the NHL, as voted on by fellow members of the NHL Players’ Association. The winner will be announced at a later date.

Kucherov led the NHL with 144 points (44 goals, 100 assists) in 81 games, the highest point total of his NHL career and the most in Tampa Bay Lightning history, tying the 128 points (41 goals, 87 assists) that he had in 2018. -19. The 30-year-old forward won the Art Ross Trophy, which was awarded to the player with the most points in an NHL season. He also led the NHL in power play points (53).

Kucherov also won the Hart Trophy in 2018-2019, as well as the Ted Lindsay Award.

The Lightning (45-29-8) were the first wild card in the Eastern Conference Stanley Cup Playoffs, losing to the Florida Panthers in five games.

MacKinnon finished second with 140 points (51 goals, 89 assists) in 82 games. In addition to leading the Colorado Avalanche in goals, assists and points, his 51 goals were fourth in the NHL and his 48 power play points (10 goals, 38 assists) were second to Kucherov. It was the second time in his NHL career and second straight season with at least 100 points, after having 111 (42 goals, 69 assists) last season. The 28-year-old center led the NHL with 405 shots on goal and had a 35-game home points streak (77 points; 29 goals, 48 ‚Äč‚Äčassists) to start the season, the second-longest in NHL history, after Wayne Gretzky, who had a 40-game run for the Kings in 1988-89.

The Avalanche (50-25-7) finished third in the Central Division and have a 1-0 lead over the Dallas Stars in the second round of the Western Conference.

Matthews led the NHL with 69 goals and was sixth with a career-high 107 points in 81 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs center was plus-31 and averaged 20:58 of ice time per game, including 3:25 on the power play and 43 seconds shorthanded. He played 57:44 of short-handed ice time this season, compared to just 3:29 last season. Matthews also won 53.5 percent of faceoffs (705 of 1,319). His 93 blocked shots and 85 takeaways each ranked second in the NHL among all forwards. The 26-year-old had six hat tricks this season, becoming the 10th player in NHL history to have at least that many in a single season.

Matthews was also named a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded to the League’s best defensive forward, and the Lady Byng Trophy, awarded for friendly play.

The Maple Leafs (46-26-10) qualified for the playoffs for the eighth straight season, but were eliminated in seven games by the Boston Bruins in the first round.