Dallas captain Jamie Benn, Washington captain Alex Ovechkin and Montreal goalie Carey Price have been named the nominees for this year’s Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually to the league’s Most Outstanding Player as voted by the players.
Benn played in all 82 regular season games for the Dallas Stars in 2014-15. Benn captured the Art Ross Trophy for leading the league in points (87), which he won with a four-point game – including his second hat-trick of the season – on the final night of the regular season.
Ovechkin played 81 games for the Washington Capitals during the 2014-15 regular season, and helped lead the Capitals back into the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Ovechkin scored 53 goals to capture his fifth Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, and he became the sixth NHL player to record six career 50-goal seasons.
Price layed 66 games for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2014-15 regular season, and helped lead the Canadiens to the second best record in the NHL. Price led the league in wins (44), goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.933), which earned him finalist nominations for the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Vezina Trophy.
This is the first Lindsay nomination for both Benn and Price, while Ovechkin is looking to capture the award for the fourth time in his career. The Russian sniper last won it in 2010; he also took home the trophy in ’09 and ’08, when it was known as the Lester B. Pearson.
Interesting to note that while both Ovechkin and Price were nominated for this year’s Hart Trophy as league MVP, the third finalist — John Tavares — failed to make the cut for the Lindsay.
Prust fined $5K for ‘baseless and demeaning’ Watson comments
Montreal forward Brandon Prust has been fined $5,000 by the NHL for remarks made about referee Brad Watson following the Habs’ 6-2 loss to the Lightning on Sunday.
“Prust’s post-game comments were both baseless and demeaning of a referee whose 20-year career in the League has been marked by professionalism, integrity and a high degree of respect from players, coaches and management,” said NHL senior VP of hockey operations Colin Campbell.
Following Sunday’s game — in which he racked up 31 penalty minutes — Prust let loose and accused Watson of dressing him down in the first period after he took a roughing penalty:
Prust’s comments were criticized by Habs head coach Michel Therrien.
“I’m old school with those things,” Therrien said yesterday, per the Canadian Press. “I’m a true believer that what’s in the dressing room should stay in the dressing room, what’s on the ice and comments should stay on the ice. And we’ll take care of that internally.”
Looking to avoid going 0-3 down in their second-round series against Tampa Bay, the Canadiens will likely have David Desharnais back in the lineup when they face the Bolts tomorrow.
Desharnais, who sat out Sunday’s loss with the flu, traveled to Tampa Bay one day after the rest of his teammates did. Per TVA, the diminutive forward was admitted to hospital over the weekend to get re-hydrated.
Desharnais will be a nice boost for the Habs, should he draw in. He finished third on the team in assists this year (with 34) and has averaged 16:40 TOI through his first seven postseason appearances.