ARLINGTON, Va. –
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin
has been named to the 2007-08 NHL First All-Star Team, the league announced tonight at the NHL Awards Show in Toronto.
It is the third consecutive selection to the first team for Ovechkin, who becomes the first player since Detroit Red Wings goaltender Terry Sawchuk in 1950-51, 1951-52 and 1952-53 to earn first-team honors in each of his first three full seasons in the league. Ovechkin is the only Capitals forward ever to be named to one of the NHL’s postseason all-star teams and the first Capital to be named to the first team three times in his career. Ovechkin received 133 of a possible 134 first-team votes in the balloting by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.
Ovechkin, who won the Hart Trophy, Lester B. Pearson Award, Art Ross Trophy and the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy this year, led the league in points (112 points), goals (65), power-play goals (22), game-winning goals (11) and shots (446), while playing all 82 games. Ovechkin scored a higher percentage of his team’s goals than any other player (27.3%) and had a hand in more of his team’s goals than any other player (47.1%).
Ovechkin’s 65 goals set a Capitals record and an NHL record for goals by a left wing. He wrapped up his third NHL season as the first player since 1996 to reach 60 goals and one of only 12 players all-time to score 65 or more goals. Ovechkin shared the NHL lead with three hat tricks and had two of the league’s four four-goal games all season.
His +28 rating was seventh in the league and tied for first on the team with Viktor Kozlov and he was among the league’s top 10 in hits (220) and takeaways (69).
NHL FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
G: Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose Sharks
D: Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
D: Dion Phaneuf, Calgary Flames
LW: Alex Ovechkin
, Washington Capitals
C: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
RW: Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
NHL SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM
G: Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
D: Brian Campbell, San Jose Sharks
D: Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
LW: Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings
C: Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
RW: Alex Kovalev, Montreal Canadiens