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Alex Ovechkin Nabs Another Hart Trophy, Still Doesn’t Have a Championship

Two weeks ago when Maria Kirilenko reached the quarterfinals at the French Open her fiance was so supportive he cheered her on in person at Roland Garros. Next week when she competes at Wimbledon again her main squeeze will be on hand. He has plenty of time on his hands. Kirilenko is engaged to Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin. On Saturday he won the Hart Trophy for the third time. Being the NHL's MVP obviously means Ovechkin is incredibly talented. Unfortunately he's usually available to watch tennis when the Stanley Cup Finals are being played.

The Caps season this year mirrored Ovechkin's production. Washington began this season slowly starting 1-5. Ovechkin failed to tally a point in four of the five losses while he scored the game winning goal in the lone victory during that span. With Washington on the playoff bubble at the end of March, the Caps went 11-2 during April to guarantee a trip to the playoffs. Ovechkin had a point in nine of the 11 wins and totaled 14 goals and 8 assists during the month. In the team's two setbacks Ovechkin had one total point. Then the playoffs arrived. Ovie had a point in Washington's first two playoff games against the Rangers, and the Capitals won both contests. He didn't tally in the final five games of the series, New York won four of them, and Kirilenko had company in Paris.

In 2012 Ovechkin tallied a point in eight of the Caps 14 playoff games. Washington went 5-3 in games where he was a major factor, and 2-4 when he failed to score a point. During Washington's seven game loss to the Rangers in the conference quarterfinals Ovechkin failed to score a point in three of the four losses including a 2-1 setback in game seven.

Three years ago during the regular season Ovechkin was a +24 for the year when he was on the ice. During nine playoff games he was -1. Washington was swept by Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

During the 2010 postseason the Capitals faced Montreal in the opening round. After dropping game one, Ovechkin had eight points in the next three contests as Washington took a three games to one series lead. He tallied two points, and was a -2 over the final three games and the Canadians advanced.

Five years ago Ovechkin had his only good postseason. He had 21 points in 14 games and Washington lost game seven of the Eastern Quarters to Pittsburgh. The Caps led the series two games to none but dropped four of the final five.

In 601 career regular season games Ovechkin has 735 points and is +82. In 58 playoff games he has 61 points and is +9. His last positive plus/minus ratio in the playoffs came five seasons ago. He has never made the Eastern Conference Finals.

Alex Ovechkin has deservedly captured every significant regular season award a scorer could hope for. His 1.22 point per game average is the 11th best in the history of the NHL. His 0.62 goal per contest mark is sixth best in league history. His lack of championships ensure that no strawberries and cream will be eaten out of the Stanley Cup this year at Wimbledon.


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