The National Hockey League Players’ Association announced Tuesday Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers are finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, which is presented “to the most outstanding player in the NHL” as voted on by fellow players in the NHLPA.
Who will go home with the hardware in Las Vegas on June 21?
Why Brent Burns Deserves The Lindsay
From the NHLPA:
Burns, of Barrie, Ontario, Canada, played in all 82 regular season games for the San Jose Sharks in 2016-17, and he helped his club qualify for the playoffs in the Western Conference. Burns led all NHL defencemen in goals (29), points (76), points per game (0.93), game-winning goals (6), and his total shots on goal (320) led the league, while he finished ninth in league scoring. Burns also set single-season franchise records for goals and points by a defenceman. He is the first defenceman to be voted a finalist in 17 years (since Chris Pronger, 1999-00); if selected, he would become only the second defenceman (following Bobby Orr, 1974-75) to receive the Award. Burns is a first-time Ted Lindsay Award finalist.
BREAKING NEWS! Connor McDavid is human. He is capable of making a mistake.
Friday night in Edmonton, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin enters the offensive zone and takes a slap shot on Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot. The puck hits Talbot and dribbles off the netminder towards the open net.
McDavid makes the initial kick-save…
… but the puck goes right into the leg pad of Talbot as he’s turning around. It ricochets quickly and just nearly misses McDavid’s skate before heading into the net.
The goal is credited as unassisted to Malkin for his 32nd of the year.
You can put The Chosen One in Edmonton, but sometimes you can’t wash the Oil off The Chosen One.
As the great philosopher Harry Dunne once said:
LOS ANGELES — When the scientists created Connor McDavid in a lab in the Yukon, not only was he gifted with incredible hockey skill he was given lightning fast speed.
This was proven by his decimation Nathan MacKinnon in the fastest skater competition. McDavid (13.02) beat MacKinnon (13.62) by six-tenths of a second.
Keep in mind, this was a modified route, not a lap around the ice. The full lap came later when McDavid “chose” to go after Dylan Larkin’s record of 13.172 set at last year’s all-star game in a lap around the ice. Larkin broke Mike Gartner’s record of 13.386 set in 1996.
In Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Wild, Connor McDavid stepped on Jared Spurgeon’s stick causing him to fall forward. McDavid’s chin/jaw/mouth made contact with ice and his head bounced up.
He looked stunned at first, but got up and skated off the ice holding on to his mouth.
The concussion spotter in attendance didn’t like what he saw. The spotter called down to ice level and had McDavid summoned back to the locker room to undergo the concussion protocol.
The young super star was clearly annoyed at having to leave to be checked out.
After the game, McDavid spoke to the media about his reaction to being told he had to leave the game for evaluation:
Yes, you read that right.
Connor McDavid didn’t score a hat trick in the NHL until the 64th game of his NHL career. Pfft, Connor McJesus…
The hat trick couldn’t come at a more opportune time for McDavid, or at least for the mainstream hockey (cough, Canadian) media that covers him. They were starting to worry.
In the past 10 games, McDavid has been held without a goal. Not a point, but a goal. He has seven points in those 10 games.
Against the Dallas Stars, all that concern about the well-being of the Edmonton Oilers captain went right out the window as he got the first of what will probably be many hat tricks in his career.
The 19-year-old is now tied with Mark Scheifele for the league lead with 22 points.
As for the Oilers, they spotted the Stars four goals before Dallas put up two of their own. In the third period, McDavid’s third goal sealed the game at 5-2. Unfortunately the hatty was scored in Dallas and not Edmonton where they’d still be picking up the hats. Slow clap for the fan in attendance that threw a blue wig on the ice.
As the exhibition and tournament games have rolled on, Team North America has steadily gained more followers. They are a gifted group of kids who were going head to head with their most formidable foe yet in Team Russia.
The Wonder Twins of Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews teamed up for the first goal of the game. It was everything we dreamed of and more.
McDavid gets past Father Time himself, Pavel Dasyuk, along the boards. On the far side, Matthews streaks by a stumbling Alexei Emelin and receives the puck to put it past Sergei Bobrovsky.
Despite being outshot 9 to 11, the Aqua Teen Hockey Force kept Team Russia in check a majority of the first period.