2013 NHL MVP: Debating John Tavares vs. Sidney Crosby for Hart Trophy

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It's not only the playoffs, but it's also awards season in the NHL. Day by day, names are released for various awards with everyone awaiting the announcement of the Hart Trophy for league MVP.

It just so happens that two of the likely candidates, John Tavares of the New York Islanders and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, are also squared off in a very intriguing Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup.

John Tavares put together an impressive second-half resume this season with 47 points, leading all goalscorers at even strength with 19. His performance was the impetus for an Islanders playoff berth, the first in six years.

As for Crosby, he knows all about MVP performances, and before his jaw injury kept on the sidelines during April, he was the runaway leader for the trophy. He still amassed 56 points, leading the league in points per game.

So, we put it up to the fans and players to weigh in on the debate: Crosby or Tavares?

Who deserves the MVP? Or does another superstar deserve it? Tell us in the comments below.

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