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              === Letang, Subban, Suter named Norris finalists ===
 
 New  York, NY  (Sports Network)  - Pittsburgh's  Kris Letang,  Montreal's P.K.
 Subban  and  Minnesota's Ryan Suter  have been  named finalists for the Norris
 Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman.
 
 All three are finalists for the first time.
 
 Letang  notched  five goals  and 33  assists for 38  points despite missing 13
 games because of injury. He led all defensemen in assists, tied for the league
 lead  among  blueliners in scoring  and was the  only rearguard to register at
 least a point per game.
 
 The  26-year-old Montreal native led the Penguins in average ice time per game
 at 25:38, and his plus-16 rating is the best among the three finalists.
 
 Subban  also notched 38 points, tying the career high he set during his rookie
 campaign  two years ago. However, he took 77 games to reach that figure during
 the 2010-11 season and needed only 42 games in this truncated season.
 
 The 23-year-old Toronto native posted 11 goals, and his seven power-play goals
 were second-most among defensemen.
 
 Suter,  one of  Minnesota's prized free-agent acquisitions last summer, posted
 four  goals and  28 assists for 32 points  in playing all 48 games. He was the
 third-leading  scorer among  blueliners and led all defensemen in average time
 on the ice at 27:16.
 
 The  28-year-old Wisconsin  native  helped  the Wild  to  their first  playoff
 appearance since 2008.
 
 Last  year's Norris winner, Erik Karlsson of Ottawa, played just 17 games this
 season because of an Achilles injury.
 
 The 2013 winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup Finals.
 
 
 05/07 11:11:48 ET