Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hall, Kopitar, MacKinnon Named Finalists for Hart Trophy as NHL's MVP

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hall, Kopitar, MacKinnon Named Finalists for Hart Trophy as NHL's MVP

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Hall, Kopitar, MacKinnon nominated for Hart

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NEW YORK - New Jersey Devils left-winger Taylor Hall, Los Angeles Kings centre Anze Kopitar and Colorado Avalanche centre Nathan MacKinnon were named the three finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy on Friday.

The Hart Trophy is awarded "to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team."

Hall ranked sixth in the NHL with 39 goals, 54 assists, setting career highs across the board to lead the Devils to a 27-point improvement in the standings and their first playoff appearance since 2011-12. Hall recorded 41 more points than his next-closest teammate, the highest such differential by a club's top two scorers since 2007-08.

Kopitar finished one point behind Hall in scoring with 35 goals and 57 assists, nearly tripling his goal total and doubling his point total from 2016-17 to power the Kings to their seventh playoff berth in the past nine years. …

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