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Carey Price is a finalist for the Hart Trophy

It should come as no surprise, but Montreal's superstar is in the running for the league MVP award.

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The league announced the finalists for the Hart Trophy this evening, and as expected Carey Price was among the three players named.

Price finished the year with ridiculous stats: 65 starts, 44 wins, 9 shutouts, 1.96 goal against average, and a .933 save percentage. More importantly, he produced a sparkling 36.70 goals saved above league average.

There's no doubt about it, he's the reason the Habs finished first in the division, and second in the NHL with 110 points.

Price is basically guaranteed to win the Vezina Trophy, and he's already won the Jennings award, but it remains to be seen whether or not he's going to run away with the Hart Trophy as well.

He'll be facing stiff competition from the likes of Alex Ovechkin and John Tavares, but if Bob McKenzie's poll is anything to go by, Price is the front runner. 20 out of 20 coaches polled by McKenzie responded that Price deserved the Hart.