Alex Ovechkin will try to make it two straight Hart trophies in June after being named a finalist for the award today. His competition is Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin, who he will be seeing a lot of in the next week or two, and Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk.
Ovechkin led the league with 56 goals and finished second to Malkin’s 113 points with 110. This is the second straight year the two Russian friends/enemies/somewhere in between have finished 1-2 in the scoring race. Last year Ovechkin led the league with 112 points, which was six more than Malkin. Datstyuk finished fourth in the scoring race with 97 points, and is also likely to collect anoith Selke trophy as the best defensive forward in the league.
This is obviously the first time all three finalists for the league MVP trophy have been from Russia. Sergei Fedorov was the first Russian to win a Hart trophy, doing so in 1994 with the Red Wings.
There is also a good chance that New Jersey’s Zach Parise, an American, will finish fourth in the voting, and the lack of Canadians near the top of the voting might ruffle some feathers with people in the hockey community with our neighbors to the north.