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Alex Ovechkin
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Alex Ovechkin  #8

Washington Capitals  Right Wing
NUMBER: 8 BIRTHDATE: September 17, 1985  (AGE 29)
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Moscow, Russia
WEIGHT: 230 DRAFTED: WSH / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (1st overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> One of the NHL's hottest players over the past two months (he led all NHL players in points in November and in goals during January), Ovechkin helped the Capitals post the top record after 40 games in franchise history -- 26-11-3, including a sensational 17-1-1 at Verizon Center -- and take the Southeast Division lead. <br /> <br /> Ovechkin capped an award-filled 2007-08 season last June by winning his first career Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP. Ovechkin had joined an elite group of players who, in the same season also won the Art Ross Trophy for the NHL scoring championship as well as the Maurice Richard Trophy for being the League's top goal scorer. Ovechkin won the Art Ross Trophy by finishing the season with 112 points (65 goals, 47 assists), six more than Pittsburgh Penguins Evgeni Malkin (47-59--106) and 14 more than Calgary Flames RW Jarome Iginla (50-48--98). <br /> <br /> Ovechkin scored 51 of his goals in the 61 games after Bruce Boudreau was named head coach and set the single-season NHL record for goals by a left wing, surpassing the 63 Luc Robitaille ran up with the Los Angeles Kings in 1992-93. His 65 goals for the season were the most an NHL player has scored since Mario Lemieux in 1995-96. Only 10 players in hockey history have ever scored more. Ovechkin became only the sixth player in the past 37 years and the first Russian-born player ever to lead the League in goals and points in the same season, joining a group that includes Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Phil Esposito, Jarome Iginla and Guy Lafleur. He also led the NHL in power-play goals (22) and game-winning goals (11). <br /> <br /> In his Stanley Cup Playoff debut, Ovechkin led the Capitals in scoring with nine points (four goals, five assists) in seven games during their first-round series against Philadelphia. His first three goals came in the third period; two were game-winners. <br /> <br /> Ovechkin has earned First Team honors in each of his first three full NHL seasons, the first player to do so since Detroit Red Wings goaltender Terry Sawchuk from 1950-51 through 1952-53. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On a career-long nine-game goal drought early this season: &quot;I just push myself to work hard. Even though I don't score, I still have lots of shots. I still have hits. I still have a moment to score goals. But we just didn't score goals. And I think we don't have a slow start, we have a nice start, but we didn't score.&quot; <br /> <br /> On winning the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP last season: &quot;I think I'm the happiest 22-year-old guy on the planet. Everything I've got I make myself. I'm working hard and I know it's improving.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Capitals GM George McPhee: &quot;There has never been a player like him in this league. He showed up four years ago and just took over everything -- in a good way.&quot; <br /> <br /> Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau: &quot;In today's era, where every game he plays, every shift he takes, the other team's top defensive pairing and top defensive line is against him, and in every game, the other teams are talking about focusing on checking Alex Ovechkin. And then he'll go out and look what he's done - quite amazing.&quot; <br /> <br /> Capitals captain Chris Clark: &quot;He's full of life, gets everybody going, jumping around. We ask how he does it, and he says, 'I don't know what I do, I just do!'&quot; <br /> <br /> Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner: &quot;Everything is just like they say about Ovechkin -- his energy, his skill, his intensity -- except it is 10 times more. All day, every day, in practice. I'm sure he crashes sometime. He must really sleep at night because he sure brings it every day.&quot; <br /> <br /> Capitals forward Matt Bradley: &quot;What I like about Ovie is, winning, losing, we're ahead by five, we're down by five, he always plays the same way -- with heart and determination. We all feed off that. When you have a guy like that on your team, it's almost like anything's possible, you know?&quot; <br /> <br /> Capitals defenseman Shaone Morrisonn: &quot;Alex, it's amazing what he can do. He's a great leader on the ice. He sparks the team. He believes, so we believe.&quot; <br /> <br /> New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal: &quot; He's the kind of player, when you think he has nothing, he creates a really good shot on net or a really good chance to score. He's the kind of guy you can't ever take lightly or take it easy on him. He's going to burn you.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=402857&amp;cmpid=rss">Ovechkin again focused on only hockey</a><br /> <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?section=magazine&amp;id=3604260" target="_blank">Regime Change</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=392391&amp;cmpid=rss" target="_blank">Ovechkin Feeling Like Himself Again</a><br /> <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/19/AR2008121903172.html" target="_blank">Caps' 'Monster' is Scary Good</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=23175">TSN: The perfect Rock Star</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=22793">Ovechkin vs. Crosby</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=21304">Ovie's Crazy Eights Kids Clinic</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=21208">Is this the Year campaign</a><br /> <br /> <div id="asstatsbox" style="border: 1px solid rgb(161, 161, 161); margin: 4px 0px; padding: 0px; float: left; width: 660px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2" class="asstat"> <tbody> <tr class="headrw"> <td>SEASON</td> <td>TEAM</td> <td>Score</td> <td>R</td> <td align="center">GP</td> <td align="center">G</td> <td align="center">A</td> <td align="center">PTS</td> <td align="center">+/-</td> <td align="center">PIM</td> <td align="center">PP</td> <td align="center">SH</td> <td align="center">GW</td> <td align="center">SOG</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2006-07</td> <td>East</td> <td>9-12</td> <td>L</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">-2</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">5</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2007-08</td> <td>East</td> <td>8-7</td> <td>W</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">3</td> </tr> <tr class="totrw"> <td colspan="4">All-Star Totals</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">3</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">3</td> <td align="center">-1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">8</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <script type="text/javascript">jQuery(function(){ jQuery('#asstatsbox').corner('6px'); });</script>
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