Washington forward Alex Ovechkin, Montreal goalie Carey Price and New York Islanders forward John Tavares are the finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's player most valuable player.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots at the end of the regular season, with the top three designated finalists and announced Wednesday. The winner will be announced June 24 during the league's awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

Ovechkin scored 53 goals to top the NHL for the third consecutive season and fifth time overall. He finished with 81 points.

Price led the NHL in wins (44), goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.933), becoming the first to top all three categories since Ed Belfour in 1990-91.

Tavares had career highs in goals (38) and points (86).

Second-round openers

•The top-seeded Anaheim Ducks are hoping for a longer run in the playoffs after dropping a seven-game series to Detroit in the first round in 2013 and last year's loss to Los Angeles in the conference semifinals.

Beginning Thursday night, they'll try to make that happen against the Calgary Flames.

"I'm antsy, so I've got to believe they're antsy," coach Bruce Boudreau said of his Ducks, who have been off since last Wednesday after a first-round sweep of Winnipeg. "They're ready to get playing."

•For the fourth time in five years and the fifth time in seven, the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals are meeting in the playoffs. If history is any indicator, expect a long series. The past two have gone seven games, with the Rangers winning both in 2012 and '13.

Game 1 is Thursday night in New York.