Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby named finalist for Ted Lindsay Award

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was named on Wednesday a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award.

The award is presented annually “to the most outstanding player in the NHL,” as voted on by fellow members of the NHL Players Association.

Crosby, 33, already has three Ted Lindsay Awards to his name. If he receives a fourth, he would join Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky as the only players in NHL history to get it four or more times.

During the 2020-21 season, Crosby ranked 10th in league scoring with a team-high 62 points in 55 games, led the team in points for the 11th time in his career and helped the Penguins to their 15th consecutive postseason appearance. He hit the 20-goal plateau for the 13th time in his career, surpassing Mario Lemieux and Evgeni Malkin for the most 20-goal seasons in team history. Lemieux and Malkin each had 12.

On Feb. 20 against the New York Islanders, Crosby became the first player in franchise history to skate in 1,000 NHL games.

Crosby is one of three finalists. The other two are the Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid and the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews.

The 2020-21 Ted Lindsay Award recipient will be announced during the Stanley Cup Final. It’s the 50th season of the award, which is the namesake of the first president of the original Players’ Association and NHLPA pioneer.