The Hart Trophy talk this season was as vibrant as any in recent memory, maybe as far back as the Taylor Hall MVP season. There were many great campaigns across the league, from goalies to defencemen to forwards. It seemed likely Igor Shesterkin and Auston Matthews would get nods, but the third spot was wide open. Or, at least it seemed that way. Here are the actual finalists:
Not much argument from me here. There are cases for guys like Johnny Gaudreau, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Roman Josi, and to a lesser extent guys like Jason Robertson, Cale Makar, and Patrice Bergeron. But, again, no real argument from me on the finalists.
Some good news for the Rangers:
This could be big news for the Rangers. He is a good defensive forward who can kill penalties and bring some stability to the fourth line, a line that has been a glaring weakness in their series with the Penguins.
The Boston Bruins staved off elimination by taking Game 6 from Carolina by a score of 5-2. There was a pivotal 5v3 power play for the Hurricanes with the Bruins up just 1-0 that Boston killed off, and then tallied themselves just minutes later. It was one of those pivotal points where if one thing goes different, maybe we have a different story. But it didn't, so we don't, and Game 7 goes Saturday back in Carolina.