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NHL Awards tracker: Caps not getting as much love as they should be

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NHL Awards tracker: Caps not getting as much love as they should be

After a crazy NHL season, there is a wide-open competition for several of the league's top awards. Two of the Caps' top players, Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson, have done enough to at least warrant consideration, but there does not seem to be as much buzz around them as you would expect considering the types of seasons they have had.

Alex Ovechkin scored 49 goals to win his seventh Rocket Richard Trophy. He carried the Caps to ninth in the NHL in goals per game despite the team being dead last in shots per game. No player scored a higher percentage of his team's goals than Ovechkin's 18.8-percent. General manager Brian MacLellan made his case for Ovechkin's candidacy for the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP on Friday.

John Carlson's career year, meanwhile, should have him among the short-list of candidates for the Norris. Carlson played close to 30 minutes per game when Matt Niskanen was out of the lineup with an injury. His 68 points led all blueliners this season.

SEE THE END OF SEASON NHL AWARDS TRACKER HERE

Considering that at the start of the season, it was unknown if Washington would even make the playoffs, the fact that Ovechkin and Carlson were able to help lead the Caps to their third straight Metropolitan Division title should certainly garner them consideration for the Hart and Norris respectively.

Yet, it does not seem like either player is getting much buzz.

See if you can spot who's missing from this list of candidates:

This is not to say Ovechkin and Carlson are the clear winners. The races for both the Hart and the Norris are so close that there are no frontrunners. But in a wide-open field, both players have done enough to at least warrant consideration and make a run at being a finalist. And neither may even get that far.

With the season over, here is one last look at the NHL Awards tracker.

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Washington Capitals!

It's not hard to picture your favorite athletes as superheroes. What the Caps are able to do on the ice seems almost superhuman at times.

Heck, they even have uniforms!

SEE EVERY CAPITALS PLAYER'S SUPERHERO CHARACTER HERE

But the similarities don't just end with the physical attributes and abilities. When you begin to really think about each player, you can see a lot of similarities between each of them and some well-known superheroes.

If each Caps player was a superhero, which one would they be? Check out each player's superhero character here.

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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

Friday featured Dmitry Orlov and his jam-packed schedule with the coveted Stanley Cup.

The 27-year-old native of Russia decided to take the Cup to Novokuznetsk (located in the southwest region of Siberia) for a meet and greet with fans by the Ferris wheel at Gagarin City Park.

It should be mentioned that Orlov's day with the trophy was nearly derailed after a travel glitch that sent the Cup to Novosibirsk instead of his hometown. 

Thanks to the ultimate assist from a helicopter, the Cup arrived in style and set up one memorable entrance for the defenseman. 

Orlov released this hype video which highlights his entire day on Instagram: 

Дорогие друзья! Огромное спасибо, что разделили с нами наш праздник! Для нас это значимое и большое событие! Ещё раз приносим искренние извинения за задержку с кубком! И спасибо за понимание, мы старались сделать все максимально быстро! Спасибо за тёплый приём! Нашим родным, друзьям, тренерам, отдельная благодарность! Вы сделали наш праздник, наш день! Мы никогда не забудем этот праздник! P.S. Лена @govor_elena , тебе и твоим родным, отдельная благодарность, если бы не ваша помощь, то не известно когда бы кубок был в Новокузнецке!

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Talk about a banner weekend for the Washington Capitals. The Ovechkins welcomed their new son, Sergei Aleksandrovich, into the world and Orlov pulled off yet another spectacular day with the Cup.

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