Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Senators Karlsson among Norris Trophy Finalists for Third Straight Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Senators Karlsson among Norris Trophy Finalists for Third Straight Season

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Sens' Karlsson among Norris Trophy finalists

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NEW YORK - Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson is one of three finalists for the James Norris Memorial Trophy for the third consecutive season and fourth time in the past six years.

Karlsson, along with Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks and Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning were announced Friday as the top three finalists for the award, which goes to a defenceman who demonstrates the greatest all-around ability in the position.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Norris Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wed., June 21, during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

Karlsson ranked third among NHL defencemen with 17 goals and 54 assists, the fourth time he has cleared the 70-point and 50-assist milestones in his eight-season career. He also ranked second in the NHL in blocked shots (201) and fourth in average ice time per game (26:50). …

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