The Washington Times - May 9, 2013, 10:30AM

Alex Ovechkin is a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the NHL’s most outstanding player as voted by the members of the NHLPA.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Marty St. Louis are the other finalists.

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Ovechkin had a league-best 32 goals to go along with 24 assists during the 48-game regular season. Coach Adam Oates hasn’t been bashful about endorsing his captain for the Hart Trophy, and Ovechkin is expected to be an MVP finalist.

Ovechkin has only one goal through four games of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the New York Rangers.

“Our line have to create chances,” Ovechkin said. “Last game I don’t think we create lots of opportunity for our line. Everybody know [Nicklas Backstrom], me and [Marcus Johansson] have to play better.”