NHL Awards: Hart Trophy Nominees

Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos and Henrik Lundqvist were chosen as the top finalists for the league MVP award

Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 11: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins brings the puck up the ice against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on January 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Evgeni Malkin #71 Of The Pittsburgh Penguins Scores Getty Images

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 9: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores past Jose Theodore #60 of the Florida Panthers during the shootout at Consol Energy Center on March 9, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Panthers 2-1 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Malkin scores 50th, Penguins beat Flyers 4-2

Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates his 50th goal of the season, in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers in Pittsburgh Saturday, April 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Evgeni Malkin #71 Of The Pittsburgh Penguins And Team Chara Kneels Getty Images

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 28: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Team Chara kneels on the ice during the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Scotiabank Place on January 28, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Evgeni Malkin #71 Of The Pittsburgh Penguins Gets Getty Images

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 28: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins gets introduced prior to the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Scotiabank Place on January 28, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

New York Rangers v New Jersey Devils - Game Six

NEWARK, NJ - MAY 25: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes a save against the New Jersey Devils in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center on May 25, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Henrik Lundqvist #30 Of The New York Rangers Looks On From Goal Against The New Jersey Devils In Game Six Of The Getty Images

NEWARK, NJ - MAY 25: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers looks on from goal against the New Jersey Devils in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center on May 25, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Ottawa Senators v New York Rangers - Game One

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Goalie Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers skates onto the ice to play against the Ottawa Senators in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Steven Stamkos #91 Of The Tampa Bay Lightning Celebrates Getty Images

RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 03: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during overtime at the RBC Center on March 3, 2012 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Lightning won 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Sidney Crosby ready to return and assist the Penguins in push to the NHL playoffs

It's been a productive campaign for the Lightning's Steven Stamkos

Purcell scores in 6th SO round for Lightning

Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (35), of Russia, stops a shot by Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday March 22, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Steven Stamkos #91 Of The Tampa Bay Lightning Celebrates Getty Images

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 06: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates his power play goal at 5:41 of the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on March 6, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The Senators defeated the Lightning 7-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Lightning v New Jersey Devils

NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 26: Young fans try to get the attention of Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during warmups prior to the game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on February 26, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)