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Islanders captain John Tavares named Hart Trophy finalist

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John Tavares finishes with a career high 86 points and is a Hart Trophy finalist for the second straight season.MARK BLINCH/REUTERS

John Tavares finishes with a career high 86 points and is a Hart Trophy finalist for the second straight season.

Islanders captain John Tavares was named a Hart Trophy finalist on Wednesday along with Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin and Canadiens goaltender Carey Price.

Tavares finished with a career high 86 points (38 goals, 48 assists) and came one point away from winning the Art Ross Trophy after Jamie Benn’s four-point performance on the last night of the regular season. This is the second time in three years that Tavares has finished as a Hart finalist. He finished third in the 2012-13 season behind Ovechkin and Penguins star Sidney Crosby. The Isles have made the playoffs in both seasons that he has finished as a Hart finalist. Tavares finished with with two goals and four assists in seven postseason games.

Ovechkin, whose Capitals knocked Tavares and the Isles out of the postseason in seven games, earned his fifth Maurice (Rocket) Richard Trophy with a league-leading 53 goals. It is the sixth time in the Russian winger’s career that he has cracked the 50-goal mark. Ovechkin and the Caps begin their second-round series with the Rangers on Thursday.

Price had a magnificent year as the Habs netminder, posting a 44-16-6 record, a .933 save percentage and a 1.96 goals against average. His Canadiens await the winner of the Red Wings and Lightning series in the second round.

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