Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf finalist for Hart Trophy

The Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf, along with forwards Sidney Crosby of the Penguins and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers, are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded 'to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.'

During the 2013-14 season, Ryan Getzlaf notched a career-high 31 goals and ranked second in the NHL with 87 points.

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The Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf, along with forwards Sidney Crosby of the Penguins and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers, are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team," the National Hockey League announced on Thursday.

The winner will be announced June 24 during the 2014 NHL Awards from Las Vegas.

During the 2013-14 season, Getzlaf notched a career-high 31 goals and ranked second in the NHL with 87 points to help lead the Ducks to the top record in the Western Conference for the first time in franchise history.

Getzlaf, the 28-year-old Regina, Sask., native, is a Hart finalist for the first time. He set a career high with seven game-winning goals, second on the team to Corey Perry (9), and helped the Ducks set franchise records for wins (54), points (116), points percentage (.707), home wins (29) and road wins (25).

Getlzaf, who welcomed a daughter during the first-round series vs. Dallas, is also a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

The Ducks open their second-round series vs. the Kings on Saturday in Anaheim starting at 5 p.m.