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NHL: Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin Wins 2013 NHL MVP Award
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NHL: Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin Wins 2013 MVP Award

Jun 17 2013, 2:24am CDT | by

Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin wins the NHL MVP Award for a third time.

Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin won his third Hart Trophy, given to the NHL's MVP, on Saturday.  Ovechkin beat out the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby and the New York Islanders'...

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NHL: Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin Wins 2013 MVP Award

Jun 17 2013, 2:24am CDT | by

Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin wins the NHL MVP Award for a third time.

Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin won his third Hart Trophy, given to the NHL's MVP, on Saturday. 

Ovechkin beat out the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby and the New York Islanders' John Tavares, per the Huffington Post. He led the NHL with 32 goals during the lockout-shortened 48 game regular season. This marked the first time he's lead the league in scoring since 2009, when he won his second MVP award. 

He garnered 1,090 points to Crosby's 1,058 in a voting by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. The 32-point margin of victory represents the closest Hart Trophy race since the Montreal Canadiens' Jose Theodore and Calgary Flames' Jerome Iginla finished in a virtual tie in 2002, per the NHL.  

Crosby, who won this year's Ted Lindsay Award from his fellow NHLPA members as the league's best player, wasn't upset over Ovechkin's victory. 

"I'm not going to get too upset over the fact that I didn't win (the Hart). I was in the mix and Alex had a great second half there and I ended up getting hurt and missing some time there and that's how it works sometime."

On his part, Ovechkin said this didn't come easy for him.

"It was kind of hard, but as everybody knows, I like challenges. It was a big challenge for me and the coaching staff, but we make it."

The Huffington Post also points out Ovechkin joins the ranks of NHL greats Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Clarke, Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe, Eddie Shore and Howie Morenz as the only players to win three or more Hart Trophies. 

Katie Carrera of the Washington Post says "regardless of the coach or the system, no player's individual success is as intertwined in the ebb and flow of the Capitals as Ovechkin's." In her June 17 report, she quotes Washington general manager George McPhee as saying Ovechkin's recognition as the NHL's best player will help the team accomplish anything - even winning a Stanley Cup.

"Careers don't go in straight lines, the needle goes up and down from time to time. But I think we all recognize that when Alex is feeling this way and playing this way this organization can accomplish anything. That this team can win a Cup."

Carrera notes that in spite of all the accolades Ovechkin has earned - three Hart trophies, three Ted Lindsay Awards, three Rocket Richard Trophies (top goal scorer) an Art Ross (top point scorer) and a Calder (rookie of the year) - he has yet to lead the Capitals past the second round of the NHL playoffs.  

 

 

 
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Ward scores twice to lead Capitals over Flames

Oct 25 2014 11:38pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CALGARY — Dropped to the fourth line by Barry Trotz, Joel Ward responded just as the coach knew he would. Ward scored twice — including the game-winner — to lead the Washington Capitals to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday. "I’ve known Joel a long time. Sometimes, Joel recognizes when he can go a little better. It’s a great response from him," said Trotz. "He scored two big goals for us tonight and that’s what you want. You want guy ...
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Ward scores twice to lead Capitals over Flames

Oct 25 2014 11:38pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CALGARY — Dropped to the fourth line by Barry Trotz, Joel Ward responded just as the coach knew he would. Ward scored twice — including the game-winner — to lead the Washington Capitals to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday. "I’ve known Joel a long time. Sometimes, Joel recognizes when he can go a little better. It’s a great response from him," said Trotz. "He scored two big g ...
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Ward scores twice to lead Capitals over Flames

Oct 25 2014 11:38pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CALGARY — Joel Ward scored twice — including the game-winner — to lead the Washington Capitals to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday. Ward’s second of the night 5:31 into the second period broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Capitals a lead they would not relinquish. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live Rogers Hometown Hockey | Broadcast Schedule Sportsnet Fantasy Hockey Po ...
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Ward scores twice to lead Capitals over Flames

Oct 25 2014 11:38pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CALGARY — Dropped to the fourth line by Barry Trotz, Joel Ward responded just as the coach knew he would. Ward scored twice — including the game-winner — to lead the Washington Capitals to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday. "I’ve known Joel a long time. Sometimes, Joel recognizes when he can go a little better. It’s a great response from him," said Trotz. "He scored two big goals for us to ...
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NHL Stock Report: That 70s Line trending up

Oct 24 2014 3:31pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Hockey is a game of momentum. It can switch in the middle of a shift or over the course of a season. Early in the 2014-15 campaign, we’ve seen certain players and teams gather momentum, while others struggle and fail to live to expectations. So, in the first installment of our NHL Stock Report, here are some things across the league trending up and others that are trending down. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live Rogers Hometown H ...
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NHL Stock Report: That 70s Line trending up

Oct 24 2014 3:31pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Hockey is a game of momentum. It can switch in the middle of a shift or over the course of a season. Early in the 2014-15 campaign, we’ve seen certain players and teams gather momentum, while others struggle and fail to live to expectations. So, in the first installment of our NHL Stock Report, here are some things across the league trending up and others that are trending down. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live Rogers Hometown Hockey | Broadcast Schedule S ...
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NHL Stock Report: That 70s Line trending up

Oct 24 2014 3:31pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Hockey is a game of momentum. It can switch in the middle of a shift or over the course of a season. Early in the 2014-15 campaign, we’ve seen certain players and teams gather momentum, while others struggle and fail to live to expectations. So, in the first installment of our NHL Stock Report, here are some things across the league trending up and others that are trending down. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live Rogers Ho ...
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NHL Stock Report: That 70s Line trending up

Oct 24 2014 3:31pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Hockey is a game of momentum. It can switch in the middle of a shift or over the course of a season. Early in the 2014-15 campaign, we’ve seen certain players and teams gather momentum, while others struggle and fail to live to expectations. So, in the first installment of our NHL Stock Report, here are some things across the league trending up and others that are trending down. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers ...
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NHL Stock Report: That 70s Line trending up

Oct 24 2014 3:31pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Hockey is a game of momentum. It can switch in the middle of a shift or over the course of a season. Early in the 2014-15 campaign, we’ve seen certain players and teams gather momentum, while others struggle and fail to live to expectations. So, in the first installment of our NHL Stock Report, here are some things across the league trending up and others that are trending down. More NHL on Sportsnet ...
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Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Oct. 25

Oct 24 2014 2:23pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

This week, Hockey Night in Canada has a nice little lineup in store for you. There are six games, which include four Canadian teams. You’ve got a rematch of the Eastern Conference final, a classic Original Six matchup (especially for Phil Kessel), and a rare visit from Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals in Calgary. Ovie even ripped his pants while curling there Thursday. In the Cheat Sheet each week, we’ll provide everything you need to kno ...
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