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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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Unlike potential future teammate Paul Bissonnette, Capitals star Alex Ovechkin’s Ice Bucket Challenge did not involve a helicopter and glacier water. Standing in a shower and wearing tight black shorts, Ovi dumped water on himself to raise awareness for ALS. He also announced on Twitter that he made a donation to the cause and challenged Eminem — yes, Eminem — to do the same. Read ful ...
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This or That: Ovechkin or Malkin?

Aug 12 2014 12:08pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

“This or That?” is an ongoing feature at Sportsnet.ca that pits two players with obvious—and sometimes, not so obvious—ties and attempts to answer the basic question, “Who would you rather have?” Readers can offer their two cents by answering the poll at the bottom. The 2003 draft is often acclaimed for the depth of talent it featured. But, at the top of the table, the ’03 event couldn’t hold a candle to what happened the next year, when Alex Ovechkin and Evge ...
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This or That: Ovechkin or Malkin?

Aug 12 2014 12:08pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

“This or That?” is an ongoing feature at Sportsnet.ca that pits two players with obvious—and sometimes, not so obvious—ties and attempts to answer the basic question, “Who would you rather have?” Readers can offer their two cents by answering the poll at the bottom. The 2003 draft is often acclaimed for the depth of talent it featured. But, at the top of the table, the ’03 event couldn’t hold a candle to what happened the next year, when Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin went 1- ...
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1 week ago

This or That: Ovechkin or Malkin?

Aug 12 2014 12:08pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

“This or That?” is an ongoing feature at Sportsnet.ca that pits two players with obvious—and sometimes, not so obvious—ties and attempts to answer the basic question, “Who would you rather have?” Readers can offer their two cents by answering the poll at the bottom. The 2003 draft is often acclaimed for the depth of talent it featured. But, at the top of the table, the ’03 event couldn’t hold a candle to what happened the next year, whe ...
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This or That: Ovechkin or Malkin?

Aug 12 2014 12:08pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

“This or That?” is an ongoing feature at Sportsnet.ca that pits two players with obvious—and sometimes, not so obvious—ties and attempts to answer the basic question, “Who would you rather have?” Readers can offer their two cents by answering the poll at the bottom. The 2003 draft is often acclaimed for the depth of talent it featured. But, at the top of the table, the ’03 event couldn’t hold a candle to what happened the next year, when Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni M ...
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Will Alex Ovechkin Be a 50-Goal Scorer for the Barry Trotz-Led Capitals?

Aug 7 2014 6:17pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Alex Ovechkin’s place in the pantheon of NHL superstars is controversial because of concerns about his two-way play, but what isn’t controversial is that he’s one of the best pure scorers in the game of hockey. Even during a 2013-14 season that was in some ways difficult, Ovechkin managed to lead the league with 51 goals.   How many will he score next season? For any player, goals are a product of two disti ...
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Gotta See It: Ovechkin exercises to R. Kelly

Aug 7 2014 2:45pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

The perfect storm of a sluggish hockey news day in August and a superstar’s Instragram account followed by 120,830 people has resulted in this little gem. Alex Ovechkin doing some explosive leg exercises, set in slow motion to the uplifting strains of R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly.” “Haha who can fly!???” the Washington Capitals captain captioned the well-liked video, which was even tweeted out by Caps owner Ted Leonsis. Excuse Ovie as he ...
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Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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