Report: Islanders’ Tavares will NOT win Hart Trophy

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We’ll know winner of the Hart Trophy in the coming hours, but it apparently won’t be John Tavares, according to Arthur Staple of Long Island Newsday.

The award – given annually to what the National Hockey League states to be the “player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team” – is now down to Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.

Tavares is only 22 years of age, but had a strong regular season for the New York Islanders coming out of the lockout.

He scored 28 goals and had 47 points in 48 regular season games, helping the Islanders qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2007.