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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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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 Hom ...
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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 | Broadcas ...
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7 hours ago

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 Roge ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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7 hours ago

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 Hometow ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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The Most Unsustainable Team Statistics Early in 2014-15 NHL Season

Oct 23 2014 4:26pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Crazy things can happen over a short period of time in the NHL.  As much as team and individual talent rule in the long run, in the short term hockey is a game of inches, a sport in which a good (or bad) bounce or two, a fraction of a second here or there and a fraction of an inch on a shot can make all the difference to the outcome. Anybody who has witnessed his or her team win a game or a playoff series that it should have lost h ...
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Why Ovechkin and Trotz are a perfect match

Oct 22 2014 9:05am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LEDUC, Alberta – Barry Trotz always had that team in Nashville that could play defence. But the Predators never seemed to score enough goals to do much damage in the playoffs. Meanwhile, scoring has never been an issue for Alex Ovechkin. He had 51 tucks last season and already has five goals in five games this fall. Problem is, after leading the NHL in goals last season, Ovechkin finished with a minus-35 rating — third worst in a lea ...
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2 days ago

Why Ovechkin and Trotz are a perfect match

Oct 22 2014 9:05am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LEDUC, Alberta – Barry Trotz always had that team in Nashville that could play defence. But the Predators never seemed to score enough goals to do much damage in the playoffs. Meanwhile, scoring has never been an issue for Alex Ovechkin. He had 51 tucks last season and already has five goals in five games this fall. Problem is, after leading the NHL in goals last season, Ovechkin finished with a minus-35 rating — third worst in a league of 886 players. More NH ...
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2 days ago

Why Ovechkin and Trotz are a perfect match

Oct 22 2014 9:05am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LEDUC, Alberta – Barry Trotz always had that team in Nashville that could play defence. But the Predators never seemed to score enough goals to do much damage in the playoffs. Meanwhile, scoring has never been an issue for Alex Ovechkin. He had 51 tucks last season and already has five goals in five games this fall. Problem is, after leading the NHL in goals last season, Ovechkin finished with a minus-35 rating — third worst in a league of 886 players. More NHL on Spor ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 days ago

Why Ovechkin and Trotz are a perfect match

Oct 22 2014 9:05am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LEDUC, Alberta – Barry Trotz always had that team in Nashville that could play defence. But the Predators never seemed to score enough goals to do much damage in the playoffs. Meanwhile, scoring has never been an issue for Alex Ovechkin. He had 51 tucks last season and already has five goals in five games this fall. Problem is, after leading the NHL in goals last season, Ovechkin finished with a mi ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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Who's Overachieving, Underperforming for Washington Capitals so Far This Season?

Oct 21 2014 4:25pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Washington Capitals are off to an impressive start after Barry Trotz's first five games behind the bench, as the team's managed at least a point during each outing.  And, with eight points thus far, Alex Ovechkin and Company sit tied for the Metropolitan Division lead, so the organization's management and coaching staff have to be rather pleased with the new-look Caps' start.  A lot of credit has to be given to the s ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 

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