Crosby of Penguins, Bergeron of Bruins top NHLPA poll


The Pittsburgh Penguins captain received 23.78 percent of the vote, tied with the Boston Bruins captain. Crosby was 10th in the NHL this season with 62 points (24 goals, 38 assists) in 55 regular-season games and is a finalist with Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid for the Ted Lindsay Award, given annually to the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA. 

Bergeron, who is trying to win the Selke Trophy as top defensive forward for a record fifth time, ranked first in face-off percentage at 62.3 percent (minimum, 600 attempts). It was tied for the eighth highest percentage among players to take at least that many face-offs since the stat was first tracked in 1997-98. The center ranked first in face-offs won (714), fifth in face-offs taken (1,147) and third in defensive face-off percentage (59.6 percent). Bergeron ranked first among Bruins forwards in blocked shots (36) and was second in takeaways (35) behind Brad Marchand (42).

Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov and Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone also are Selke Trophy finalists.

Barkov (14.65 percent) and McDavid (7.22 percent) rounded out the top four for most complete player in the NHLPA poll.

Crosby was named most complete player in the NHLPA poll last season.

Crosby’s track record, which includes winning the Hart Trophy twice as NHL most valuable player (2007, 2014) and three Stanley Cup championships (2009, 2016, 2017), also made him the runner-up to McDavid as player among any position you’d most want on your team if you needed to win one game. The Oilers captain received 36.74 percent of the vote, ahead of Crosby (23.04 percent) and led the NHL in scoring this season with 105 points (33 goals, 72 assists) in 56 games. He is a Hart finalist this season with Matthews and Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon

Matthews (46.27 percent) was voted the best goal-scorer, ahead of Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (33.82 percent). Matthews led the NHL with 41 goals in 52 games to become the first Maple Leafs player to do so in 75 years (Gaye Stewart, 37 goals, 1945-46) and the first United States-born player in 24 years (Keith Tkachuk, 52, 1996-97).

Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning was selected as best defenseman for the third straight season, receiving 64.71 percent of the vote compared to 7.35 percent for Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators. Hedman is a Norris Trophy finalist for the fifth consecutive season after he tied for third in scoring among defensemen with 45 points (nine goals, 36 assists) in 54 games. Adam Fox of the New York Rangers and Cale Makar of the Avalanche are the other finalists for the award given to the top defenseman in the NHL.

Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Lightning (54.12 percent) was the clear winner in voting for the best goalie, ahead of Marc-Andre Fleury of the Golden Knights (8.88 percent). Vasilevskiy was 31-10-1 in 42 games and led the NHL in wins for the fourth straight season. He is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy voted as the best goalie in the NHL for the fourth consecutive season, joining Fleury and Philipp Grubauer of Colorado.

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