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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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Buying or Selling Hot Starts to the 2014-15 NHL Season

Oct 20 2014 3:08pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Every year in fantasy drafts that take place after the season has begun, excited owners predictably overbid or overdraft a player or two who have far exceeded preseason prognostications over a minuscule sample size. A hot start in the National Hockey League is expected from some of the usual suspects like Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos or Alex Ovechkin. But when you see big numbers from guys previously thought past their primes, younger guys with no history of success or guys who would ...
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Sharks hold off Caps attack to win in shootout

Oct 14 2014 9:25pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

WASHINGTON – Matt Irwin and John Scott were unlikely goal-scorers, and the previously stingy San Jose Sharks finally sprung a leak or two Tuesday night before coming away with a 6-5 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals. The Sharks led 3-0 in the first period, 4-1 in the second, and 5-3 late in the third before Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer scored 1:16 apart to tie the game with 4:35 remaining in regulation. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscri ...
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6 days ago

Sharks hold off Caps attack to win in shootout

Oct 14 2014 9:25pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

WASHINGTON – Matt Irwin and John Scott were unlikely goal-scorers, and the previously stingy San Jose Sharks finally sprung a leak or two Tuesday night before coming away with a 6-5 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals. The Sharks led 3-0 in the first period, 4-1 in the second, and 5-3 late in the third before Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer scored 1:16 apart to tie the game with 4:35 remaining in regulation. More NHL on ...
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6 days ago

Sharks hold off Caps attack to win in shootout

Oct 14 2014 9:25pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

WASHINGTON – Matt Irwin and John Scott were unlikely goal-scorers, and the previously stingy San Jose Sharks finally sprung a leak or two Tuesday night before coming away with a 6-5 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals. The Sharks led 3-0 in the first period, 4-1 in the second, and 5-3 late in the third before Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer scored 1:16 apart to tie the game with 4:35 remaining in regulation. More NHL on ...
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6 days ago

Sharks hold off Caps attack to win in shootout

Oct 14 2014 9:25pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

WASHINGTON – Matt Irwin and John Scott were unlikely goal-scorers, and the previously stingy San Jose Sharks finally sprung a leak or two Tuesday night before coming away with a 6-5 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals. The Sharks led 3-0 in the first period, 4-1 in the second, and 5-3 late in the third before Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer scored 1:16 apart to tie the game with 4:35 remaining in regulation. But Joe Pavelski scored the only goal in the shootout as ...
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6 days ago

DC Sports Bog: Caps star Alex Ovechkin appears in Russian music video, basically just glares at you

Oct 14 2014 11:00am CDT | Source: Washington Post Sports

I mean … he just stands there. And the singer is dancing, but Alex Ovechkin is too busy murdering people with his eyes to notice. And suddenly there’s a hockey net, and for some reason he’s firing pucks at her, which he probably did not need the helmet for, if we’re being honest. What are you favorite Ove ...
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6 days ago

Russian music video is Alex Ovechkin endlessly staring into your soul

Oct 14 2014 10:26am CDT | Source: SBNation

This music video for "Let Them Talk" by Katya Lel is 3:31 long. Over two and a half minutes is Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals staring right at you, daring you to look away. If the artistic vision was intimidation, it worked. Try to have a staring contest with this GIF. h/t Sporting News ...
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6 days ago

Watch: Ovechkin stars in Russian music video

Oct 14 2014 10:09am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Alex Ovechkin isn’t all power-play time and sushi dates. The Great 8 is also a bona fide stud in Russian pop culture. At least that is the conclusion we draw when watching 40-year-old pop-music icon Katya Lel’s “provocative” new music video. “We have been friends with Katya for a long time,” Ovechkin told mk.ru of the video he shot in early September. “I liked the song, and the main idea of the video, so I gladly agreed to particip ...
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6 days ago

Watch: Ovechkin stars in Russian music video

Oct 14 2014 10:09am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Alex Ovechkin isn’t all power-play time and sushi dates. The Great 8 is also a bona fide stud in Russian pop culture. At least that is the conclusion we draw when watching 40-year-old pop-music icon Katya Lel’s “provocative” new music video. “We have been friends with Katya for a long time,” Ovechkin told mk.ru of the video he shot in early September. “I liked the song, and the main idea of the video, ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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6 days ago

Watch: Ovechkin stars in Russian music video

Oct 14 2014 10:09am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Alex Ovechkin isn’t all power-play time and sushi dates. The Great 8 is also a bona fide stud in Russian pop culture. At least that is the conclusion we draw when watching 40-year-old pop-music icon Katya Lel’s “provocative” new music video. “We have been friends with Katya for a long time,” Ovechkin told mk.ru of the video he shot in early September. “I liked the song, and the main idea of the video, so I gladly ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 

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