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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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Maria Kirilenko Comments on Canceling Engagement with Alex Ovechkin

Jul 21 2014 2:46pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

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Women's tennis standout Maria Kirilenko called off her engagement to Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin, and she spoke publicly about canceling it for the first time on Monday.    The Associated Press, via ESPN.com, reported what Kirilenko had to say regarding the split. "Our relationship is over, but I respect Sasha [Ovechkin] as a person and as an athlete, and I respectfully wish him further sporting success," said Kirilenko. The Russian Tennis Federation originally h ...
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Jul 21 2014 12:48pm CDT | Source: CBC Sports

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Kirilenko calls off engagement to Ovechkin

Jul 21 2014 11:27am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

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MOSCOW — Another sports power couple’s engagement is off. Two months after golfer Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement to Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko says she has called off her planned wedding to three-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. The two had been together since 2011 and became engaged in December 2012. Kirilenko says in comments distributed by the Russian Tennis Federation that there were ...
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Kirilenko calls off engagement to Ovechkin

Jul 21 2014 11:27am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Alex Ovechkin, NHL star and boyfriend of
MOSCOW — Another sports power couple’s engagement is off. Two months after golfer Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement to Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko says she has called off her planned wedding to three-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. The two had been together since 2011 and became engaged in December 2012. Kirilenko says in comments distributed by the Russian Tennis Federat ...
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Kirilenko calls off engagement to Ovechkin

Jul 21 2014 11:27am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Alex Ovechkin, NHL star and boyfriend of
MOSCOW — Another sports power couple’s engagement is off. Two months after golfer Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement to Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko says she has called off her planned wedding to three-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. The two had been together since 2011 and became engaged in December 2012. Kirilenko says in comments distributed by the Russian Tennis Federation that there were "a lot of reasons ...
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Kirilenko calls off engagement to Ovechkin

Jul 21 2014 11:27am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Alex Ovechkin, NHL star and boyfriend of
MOSCOW — Another sports power couple’s engagement is off. Two months after golfer Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement to Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko says she has called off her planned wedding to three-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. The two had been together since 2011 and became engaged in December 2012. Kirilenko says in ...
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6 days ago

Kirilenko calls off engagement to Ovechkin

Jul 21 2014 11:27am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Alex Ovechkin, NHL star and boyfriend of
MOSCOW — Another sports power couple’s engagement is off. Two months after golfer Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement to Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko says she has called off her planned wedding to three-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. The two had been together since 2011 and became engaged in December 2012. Kirilenko says in comments distributed by the Rus ...
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6 days ago

Kirilenko calls off engagement to Ovechkin

Jul 21 2014 11:27am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Alex Ovechkin, NHL star and boyfriend of
MOSCOW — Another sports power couple’s engagement is off. Two months after golfer Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement to Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko says she has called off her planned wedding to three-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. The two had been together since 2011 and became engaged in December 2012. Kirilenko says in comments distributed ...
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6 days ago

Kirilenko calls off engagement to Ovechkin

Jul 21 2014 11:27am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Alex Ovechkin, NHL star and boyfriend of
MOSCOW — Another sports power couple’s engagement is off. Two months after golfer Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement to Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko says she has called off her planned wedding to three-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. The two had been together since 2011 and became engaged in December 2012. Kirilenko says in comments distributed by the Russian Te ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 

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