Alexander Ovechkin wins his third MVP

The Washington Capitals’ right wing Alexander Ovechkin won the NHL’s Hart Trophy, the league’s MVP, on Saturday night.

This is Ovechkin’s third MVP, but General Manager George McPhee says this one is the most rewarding after Ovechkin had to switch from left wing to right wing.

This one certainly means more to him than the first two,” McPhee told the Washington Post. “The first two he was expecting it. This one may have caught him off guard, but it means a lot to him because of what he’s been through. He’s been criticized a lot the last year and a half and unnecessarily. To accept switching positions and having been a two-time MVP to switch positions and win a third at the new position is pretty remarkable.”

The Washington Post also notes that Ovechkin edged out Pittsburgh’s Sisney Crosby, earning 1,090 points to Crosby’s 1,058.

Ovechkin tallied 56 points and a league-high 32 goals in the lockout-shortend, 48 game season.

According to the Associated Press, Ovechkin joins Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Clarke, Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe, Eddie Shore and Howie Morenz as the only players to win the Hart Trophy three or more times.

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