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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lemieux Picks Up Third MVP Title

TORONTO -- Mario Lemieux's inspirational return to the NHL was capped when he was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player for the third time.

Lemieux, who missed the entire 1994-95 season to rest an ailing back and to recover from the chemotherapy for Hodgkin's disease, returned to lead the league in scoring and the Penguins to the fourth-best record in the NHL.

But despite winning his fifth Art Ross Trophy as the league's leading scorer, Lemieux, 30, felt his play slipped this past season.

"It was frustrating not reaching the same levels I did in the past," Lemieux, who had 69 goals and 92 assists in 70 games, said Wednesday. "Maybe I've lost a step or two."

Mark Messier of the New York Rangers and Eric Lindros of Philadelphia were the other finalists.

Earlier Wednesday, Lemieux won his fourth Lester B. Pearson award as the NHL's most outstanding player as selected by his peers. Also winning were: Chris Chelios of Chicago, Norris (best defenseman); Daniel Alfredsson of Ottawa, Calder (best rookie); Jim Carey of Washington, Vezina (best goaltender); Sergei Fedorov of Detroit, Frank J. Selke (best defensive forward); Paul Kariya of Anaheim, Lady Byng (sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct); and Scotty Bowman of Detroit, Jack Adams (best coach).