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The MVP choice here is Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks

The MVP choice here is Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks

This is the final weekly NHL column this season, which means it's time to pick the winners of the major regular-season awards. The envelopes, please:

Hart trophy (MVP): Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks. Runners-up: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals; Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars; Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks.

Kane has been the most consistent player on a good but oddly inconsistent team and is the NHL's only 100-point scorer, no small feat. Holtby's sustained excellence is the backbone of the Capitals' success and he's one win from tying Martin Brodeur's single-season record of 48. Benn (41 goals, 88 points) is a force for the West leaders. Thornton (18 goals, 78...

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