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Ovechkin Wins MVP

Chicago — Alex Ovechkin capped his great season with the NHL’s biggest award.

The Washington Capitals right wing won his third Hart Trophy, given to the league’s MVP, last night, beating out Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and John Tavares of the New York Islanders. Ovechkin led the NHL with 32 goals during the regular season, the first time he’s led the league in scoring since 2009, when he won his second straight Hart Trophy.

Ovechkin is the eighth player to win three or more Harts, joining Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Clarke, Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe, Eddie Shore and Howie Morenz.

The vote was expected to be close after Ovechkin and Crosby tied for fourth in the NHL with 56 points, despite the Penguins center missing 12 games with a broken jaw. And it was, with Ovechkin edging Crosby by just 32 points (1,090-1,058) in voting by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

Crosby did, however, win the Ted Lindsay Award from his fellow NHL Players Association members as the league’s best player.

In other awards announced before Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals, Montreal’s P.K. Subban won his first Norris Trophy, given to the NHL’s top defenseman. Subban topped the league’s defensemen with 11 goals and 27 assists, and was largely responsible for Montreal’s resurgence. Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets won the Vezina Trophy, given to the NHL’s top goaltender. Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau won the Calder Trophy, given to the NHL’s top rookie.