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Tampa Bay Lightning's Marty St. Louis a finalist for NHL MVP award

Lightning wing Marty St. Louis on Thursday was named a finalist for the Hart Trophy, given to the NHL's most valuable player. Also nominated were Ducks wing Corey Perry and Canucks wing Daniel Sedin.

"It's a great honor," said St. Louis, above, who won in 2004. "There are so many great players in this league. It's flattering."

But St. Louis, second in the league with 99 points (a career-best 68 assists) in the regular season, said the award is organizational. "It's something I want to share with my teammates and coaching staff," he said. "It's a personal award. At the same time It's a sign that the franchise is moving in the right direction."

"If he considers it an organizational (award), that's good," coach Guy Boucher said. "But in the end, he's the one doing what he's doing on the ice, and he deserves all the credit."

Perry led the league in goals with 50 and was third in points (98). Sedin led the league in points with 104 (41 goals).

Tampa Bay Lightning's Marty St. Louis a finalist for NHL MVP award 04/28/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2011 1:46am]

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