Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has achieved his share of milestones during his 10-year NHL career. He has a chance at another now that he has been named one of three finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually to the NHL’s “Most Outstanding Player” as voted by fellow players. Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn have also been nominated.
Ovechkin has a shot at becoming the third player in NHL history to win four “Most Outstanding Player” awards, joining Wayne Gretzky  and Mario Lemieux . He previously received the Ted Lindsay Award in three consecutive seasons from 2007-10 and was a finalist in both 2005-06 and 2012-13. Only three NHL players have won the award three consecutive times -- Gretzky from 1982-85 and Guy Lafleur from 1976-78.
Ovechkin also has been nominated as one of three finalists for the 2014-15 Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team” by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.
Ovechkin scored 53 goals this season to capture his third consecutive and fifth career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s leading goal-scorer. This season marked the sixth time in Ovechkin’s 10 NHL seasons he has reached the 50-goal plateau. The Moscow native joins Mike Bossy , Wayne Gretzky , Marcel Dionne , Guy Lafleur  and Mario Lemieux  as the only players in NHL history to record six 50-goal seasons. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other NHL players with more than one 50-goal season since Ovechkin entered the NHL in 2005-06 are Dany Heatley , Ilya Kovalchuk  and Steven Stamkos .
The 2014-15 Ted Lindsay Award recipient will be announced on June 24 during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The Ted Lindsay Award is the only award voted on by the players themselves, carrying on the tradition established by the Lester B. Pearson Award dating back to 1970-71. The Award honors Ted Lindsay, an All-Star forward known for his skill, tenacity, leadership, and for his role in establishing the original Players’ Association.
Benn played in all 82 regular season games for the Stars in 2014-15. He captured the Art Ross Trophy for leading the league in points (87), which he won with a four-point game – including his second hat-trick of the season – on the final night of the regular season. He set career highs in points, goals (35) and assists (52). Benn tied for first in the NHL in even strength points (59), tied for third in even strength assists (36), and he finished third in points-per-game (1.06), sixth in the league in assists, ninth in goals and 11th in average ice-time per game among all forwards (19:56).
Price played 66 games for the Canadiens and helped them to the second-best record in the NHL. Price led the league in wins (44 – a new franchise-best), goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.933), which earned him finalist nominations for the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Vezina Trophy. He also claimed the William M. Jennings Trophy, along with Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks. Price would become just the second Canadiens player to receive the players' Award, following Lafleur, and he would also become only the third goaltender to receive the Award, joining Mike Liut (1980-81) and Dominik Hasek (1996-97, 1997-98).
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