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Ovechkin an NHL All-Star for 10th time

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Ovechkin an NHL All-Star for 10th time

Wednesday night’s NHL awards ceremony clearly belonged to Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, who took home the Hart, Lindsay, Vezina and Jennings trophies, but it was also a celebration of Alex Ovechin’s long-lasting dominance as one of hockey’s most prolific goal scorers.

In addition to winning his fifth Rocket Richard trophy as the NHL’s top goal scorer, Ovechkin was named to the NHL’s First All-Star team for the seventh time. Ovechkin has also been named a Second-Team All-Star three times in his career, making his 10 All-Star selections the most among active NHL players.

Six of Ovechkin’s seven career First Team berths have come at left wing, with one coming at right wing in 2012-13. The only left wings in NHL history with more First Team selections are Bobby Hull (10) and Ted Lindsay (eight).

Left wing Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, who earned his seventh career berth on the First All-Star Team, heads the list of players voted to the 2014-15 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Also a three-time honoree on the Second Team, Ovechkin’s 10 career postseason All-Star Team selections are the most among active players.

Six of Ovechkin’s seven career First Team berths have come at left wing (he was voted to the First Team at right wing in 2012-13). The only left wings in NHL history with more First Team selections are Bobby Hull (10) and Ted Lindsay (eight).

Ovechkin was the only Capitals player to make the first or second All-Star teams, but Braden Holtby [fourth among goalies], John Carlson [10th among defensemen] and Nicklas Backstrom [sixth among centers] also received recognition from the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, which made the selections at the end of the regular season.

Here is the final voting at each position:

CENTER

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd) Career All-Star Selections
1. JOHN TAVARES, NYI 682 (124-18-8) 1 First Team, 0 Second Team
2. Sidney Crosby, PIT 382 (17-90-27) 3 First Team, 2 Second Team
3. Ryan Getzlaf, ANA 89 (3-18-20)
4. Steven Stamkos, TBL 48 (3-5-18)
5. Tyler Seguin, DAL 47 (0-7-26)
6. Nicklas Backstrom, WSH 46 (1-6-23)
7. Jonathan Toews, CHI 40 (3-5-10)
8. Patrice Bergeron, BOS 15 (1-2-4)
9. Tyler Johnson, TBL 8 (0-0-8)
10. Claude Giroux, PHI 4 (0-1-1)
11. Henrik Sedin, VAN 3 (0-0-3)
12. Jiri Hudler, CGY 2 (0-0-2)
13. Pavel Datsyuk, DET 1 (0-0-1)
Ryan Johansen, CBJ 1 (0-0-1)

LEFT WING

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd) Career All-Star Selections
1. ALEX OVECHKIN, WSH 708 (130-19-1) 7 First Team, 3 Second Team
2. Jamie Benn, DAL 394 (20-87-33) 1 First Team, 1 Second Team
3. Rick Nash, NYR 213 (2-40-83)
4. Max Pacioretty, MTL 23 (0-2-17)
5. Daniel Sedin, VAN 14 (0-2-8)
6. Nick Foligno, CBJ 8 (0-0-8)
7. Jiri Hudler, CGY 3 (0-1-0)
Zach Parise, MIN 3 (0-1-0)
9. Johnny Gaudreau, CGY 1 (0-0-1)
Henrik Zetterberg, DET 1 (0-0-1)

RIGHT WING

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd) Career All-Star Selections
1. JAKUB VORACEK, PHI 491 (66-46-23) 1 First Team, 0 Second Team
2. Vladimir Tarasenko, STL 470 (58-52-24) 0 First Team, 1 Second Team
3. Jiri Hudler, CGY 175 (13-29-23)
4. Patrick Kane, CHI 87 (5-9-35)
5. Nick Foligno, CBJ 37 (1-5-17)
6. Nikita Kucherov, TBL 36 (2-5-11)
7. Mark Stone, OTT 17 (1-2-6)
8. Radim Vrbata, VAN 14 (1-2-3)
9. Corey Perry, ANA 13 (1-1-5)
10. Blake Wheeler, WPG 8 (1-0-3)
11. Marian Hossa, CHI 7 (1-0-2)
12. Jamie Benn, DAL 5 (1-0-0)
Tyler Seguin, DAL 5 (1-0-0)
14. Daniel Sedin, VAN 3 (0-1-0)

DEFENSE

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd) Career All-Star Selections
1. ERIK KARLSSON, OTT 591 (88-47-10) 2 First Team, 0 Second Team
2. P.K. SUBBAN, MTL 524 (62-66-16) 2 First Team, 0 Second Team
3. Drew Doughty, LAK 498 (77-32-17) 0 First Team, 2 Second Team
4. Shea Weber, NSH 368 (36-52-32) 2 First Team, 2 Second Team
5. Roman Josi, NSH 180 (10-28-46)
6. Mark Giordano, CGY 153 (8-23-44)
7. Duncan Keith, CHI 111 (6-14-39)
8. Kris Letang, PIT 68 (3-12-17)
9. Ryan Suter, MIN 54 (4-6-16)
10. John Carlson, WSH 32 (0-7-11)
11. Dustin Byfuglien, WPG 30 (3-2-9)
12. Brent Burns, SJS 19 (1-3-5)
13. Ryan McDonagh, NYR 17 (2-2-1)
14. Anton Stralman, TBL 14 (1-2-3)
15. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI 12 (0-1-9)
16. Nick Leddy, NYI 10 (1-1-2)
17. Kevin Shattenkirk, STL 10 (0-3-1)
18. Dennis Wideman, CGY 9 (0-1-6)
19. Aaron Ekblad, FLA 7 (1-0-2)
20. Niklas Kronwall, DET 6 (1-0-1)
21. T.J. Brodie, CGY 4 (0-1-1)
22. Alex Pietrangelo, STL 4 (0-0-4)
23. Jonas Brodin, MIN 3 (0-1-0)
24. Andrei Markov, MTL 3 (0-0-3)
Justin Faulk, CAR 3 (0-0-3)
26. Tyson Barrie, COL 2 (0-0-2)
27. Brian Campbell, FLA 1 (0-0-1)
Jason Garrison, TBL 1 (0-0-1)
Niklas Hjalmarsson, CHI 1 (0-0-1)
Marc Staal, NYR 1 (0-0-1)

GOALTENDER

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd) Career All-Star Selections

1. CAREY PRICE, MTL 758 (151-1-0) 1 First Team, 0 Second Team
2. Devan Dubnyk, MIN 313 (1-92-32) 0 First Team, 1 Second Team
3. Pekka Rinne, NSH 206 (0-49-59)
4. Braden Holtby, WSH 64 (0-8-40)
5. Cory Schneider, NJD 13 (0-2-7)
6. Steve Mason, PHI 5 (0-0-5)
7. Marc-Andre Fleury, PIT 4 (0-0-4)
8. Ben Bishop, TBL 2 (0-0-2)
Henrik Lundqvist, NYR 2 (0-0-2)
10. Corey Crawford, CHI 1 (0-0-1)

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Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan finally got his day. 

Over the weekend, MacLellan played host to the Stanley Cup, taking it home to his offseason house in Minnesota. 

MacLellan brought the Cup to Powderhorn Park, where a youth hockey tournament was being put on by the Herb Brooks Foundation. 

MacLellean talked with local media about the experience:

"It's a fun day, a fun day to see people react to the Cup," MacLellan told FOX 9 TV. "You know, it brings a lot of smiles to people's faces, people that sometimes don't get a chance to get close to it are getting an opportunity and it's fun to watch them enjoy it."

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