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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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Two PP goals by Ovechkin gets Caps by B’s in OT

Sep 26 2014 9:16pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin had two power-play goals and Troy Brouwer scored at 2:12 of overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 5-4 exhibition victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night. Liam O’Brien tied it at 4 for Washington (2-2-0) early in the third period. Michael Latta also scored for the Capitals. Seth Griffith scored twice for Boston (1-1-1). Matt Fraser and Matt Lindblad added goals. Lindblad’s goal gave the Bruins a 4-2 lead in the second per ...
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16 hours ago

Two PP goals by Ovechkin gets Caps by B’s in OT

Sep 26 2014 9:16pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin had two power-play goals and Troy Brouwer scored at 2:12 of overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 5-4 exhibition victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night. Liam O’Brien tied it at 4 for Washington (2-2-0) early in the third period. Michael Latta also scored for the Capitals. Seth Griffith scored twice for Boston (1-1-1). Matt Fraser and Matt Lindblad added goals. Lindblad’s g ...
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16 hours ago

Two PP goals by Ovechkin gets Caps by B’s in OT

Sep 26 2014 9:16pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin had two power-play goals and Troy Brouwer scored at 2:12 of overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 5-4 exhibition victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night. Liam O’Brien tied it at 4 for Washington (2-2-0) early in the third period. Michael Latta also scored for the Capitals. Seth Griffith scored twice for Boston (1-1-1). Matt Fraser and Matt Lindblad added goals. Lindblad’s goal gave the Bruins a 4-2 lea ...
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16 hours ago

Two PP goals by Ovechkin gets Caps by B’s in OT

Sep 26 2014 9:16pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin had two power-play goals and Troy Brouwer scored at 2:12 of overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 5-4 exhibition victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night. Liam O’Brien tied it at 4 for Washington (2-2-0) early in the third period. Michael Latta also scored for the Capitals. Seth Griffith scored twice for Boston (1-1-1). Matt Fraser and Matt Lindblad added goals. Lindblad’s goal gave the Bruins a 4-2 lead in the s ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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16 hours ago

Two PP goals by Ovechkin gets Caps by B’s in OT

Sep 26 2014 9:16pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin had two power-play goals and Troy Brouwer scored at 2:12 of overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 5-4 exhibition victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night. Liam O’Brien tied it at 4 for Washington (2-2-0) early in the third period. Michael Latta also scored for the Capitals. Seth Griffith scored twice for Boston (1-1-1). Matt Fraser and Matt Lindblad added goals. Lindblad’s goal gave the Bruins a 4-2 lead in the second period. Philipp Gru ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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16 hours ago

Two PP goals by Ovechkin gets Caps by B’s in OT

Sep 26 2014 9:16pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin had two power-play goals and Troy Brouwer scored at 2:12 of overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 5-4 exhibition victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night. Liam O’Brien tied it at 4 for Washington (2-2-0) early in the third period. Michael Latta also scored for the Capitals. Seth Griffith scored twice for Boston (1-1-1). Matt Fraser and Matt Lindblad added goals. Lindbl ...
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Recapping a Busy Day for the Uni-Verse

Sep 24 2014 6:31am CDT | Source: uni watch

Phew — that was one busy day for the uni-verse! Let’s go over what happened, in the order that it took place: 1. Okay, so this first item was actually mentioned in yesterday’s Ticker, but I’m going to include it here anyway. On Monday night, Hawks forward Al Horford Instagrammed an image from a team photo shoot, which showed that the team is changing its chest insignia and shorts logo (click to enlarge): Pretty sure the team wasn’t planning ...
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DC Sports Bog: Alex Ovechkin wears baseball pants, shows off ridiculous stance at Winter Classic jersey unveiling

Sep 23 2014 3:09pm CDT | Source: Washington Post Sports

The Washington Capitals unveiled their Winter Classic jerseys at Nationals Park today and Alex Ovechkin dressed for the occasion. Sure, the Capitals star showed off Washington’s white-striped red sweaters, but his pants and sandals were equally special. Read full article >> ...
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4 days ago

Ovechkin, Capitals unveil Winter Classic jerseys

Sep 23 2014 11:45am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

WASHINGTON — Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis’ lobbying for a Winter Classic in his NHL team’s home city began with an email sent to Commissioner Gary Bettman the moment the league’s first New Year’s Day game was played in 2008. "The first emails I see any morning, on any typical day, are from Ted on any of a variety of subjects but he has been both persistent and passionate in pursuit of this event," Bettman said at Nationals Park on Tuesday, when the Capitals unveiled the un ...
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Ovechkin, Capitals unveil Winter Classic jerseys

Sep 23 2014 11:45am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

WASHINGTON — Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis’ lobbying for a Winter Classic in his NHL team’s home city began with an email sent to Commissioner Gary Bettman the moment the league’s first New Year’s Day game was played in 2008. "The first emails I see any morning, on any typical day, are from Ted on any of a variety of subjects but he has been both persistent and passionate in pursuit of this ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 

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