Evgeni Malkin’s play has earned him another nomination, this time for the Ted Lindsay Award – the NHL’s Outstanding Player.

His two fellow nominees are Steven Stamkos and Henrik Lundqvist, which is no surprise. The three have been standout players throughout the entire season and the decision for MVP and the Ted Lindsay Award will be difficult for the voters.

Evgeni Malkin carried the Penguins with his scoring this past season, even though he failed to appear in the playoffs. He scored a career-high 50 goals, recorded 59 assists and took the scoring championship with a 12-point lead over Stamkos. The scoring championship will be the second of Malkin’s young career, but a win of the MVP or Lindsay award would be new to him.

Stamkos, who is nothing short of a scoring machine, notched 60 goals this season and came in second behind Malkin for points. His play for the Tampa Bay Lightning has been MVP worthy and without him, the team would not have the record they do, including beating the Penguins in last year’s playoffs. The 22-year old shooter has a case for MVP, but his two fellow nominees will make the win tough.

Last but not least, “The King” Henrik Lundqvist, performed brilliantly in the regular season and is the only one of the three to still show off his play in the post-season. Lundqvist’s play this season helped the New York Rangers claim the top spot of the Eastern Conference.

The voters have their work cut out for them as they decide not only the MVP but also the NHL’s Outstanding Player. All three of the finalists have earned their nomination and made a unique case for themselves. The awards show can be seen on NBC Sports June 20, 2012 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

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