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Ovechkin named NHL’s first star for April

Apr 29, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

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After pacing the Capitals to their fifth Southeast Division title in the last six years, Washington captain Alex Ovechkin has been named the NHL’s first star for the month of April.

Ovechkin led the NHL with 14 goals and 22 points in 13 games as the Caps went an incredible 11-1-1 in April, securing the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.

No. 8’s run also saw him clinch his third career Rocket Richard trophy as the league’s top goalscorer. His 32 tallies on the year were three more than last year’s winner, Steve Stamkos, who finished the season with 29.

Ovechkin also became the ninth player in league history to score 30 or more goals in each of his first eight seasons.

April’s second star went to St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott.

Elliott posted an 11-2-0 record with a 1.28 GAA and .948 save percentage as the Blues finished fourth in the Western Conference, making the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

He allowed one goal or fewer in 10 of his 13 appearances, including the final three games of the season, and posted three consecutive road shutouts in Detroit, Nashville and Minnesota.

Third star went to Rangers forward Derek Stepan.

Stepan finished second to Ovechkin for April points (19) and posted a plus-14 rating over New York’s final 14 games.

He was a key figure for the Rangers as they not only clinched a playoff berth, but jumped to sixth in the Eastern Conference with a season-ending 4-0 win over New Jersey — a game in which Stepan scored the game winner and assisted on Ryan Callahan‘s insurance marker.

  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Is this year the year he will be selected as playoff MVP and win the Stanley Cup?

    • tfaltin - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      Nope. And I think falling short in the latter may have something to do with that 3rd star when all’s said and done.

  2. kantnockdahustle89 - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    30 goals in a shortened season. Does that get pro rated to 50 or something if it was a full season?

    • devilsarethebest - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      32 goals in 48 games = 55 goals in 82 games.

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      56-58 Goals

      • devilsarethebest - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        bro use a calculator. 32 divided by 48 is .667( a goal 2 out of every 3 games). 82 times .667 is 54.66 (rounded up to 55)

      • ravenscaps48 - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:23 PM

        Bro. I’m at work. And guestimated off the top of my head. Go watch your Devils in the Playo….. Never mind

  3. operwapitsai - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    MVP MVP MVP……

  4. blomfeld - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    SHOULD OVECHKIN OPEN UP A BEAUTY PARLOR ?

    Friends, not only would my answer to that question would be an ‘emphatic’ yes, but as well his very first customer should be none other than himself ! I mean seriously, was this guy in “Return to the Planet of the Apes’ or something? In all seriousness though, I suppose that congrats are in order for Ovi, even though my ears are still ringing loudly with his ‘hollow’ threats of staying in the KHL. And of course there’s the little fact that at least half of his 32 goals were scored against two ‘meager’ Florida-based teams. Nonetheless, ‘give credit where credit is due” as the old saying goes and so ‘bravo’ to the Russian hot dog ! :)

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      You’re a toolbag

      • bcsteele - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        …a toolbag…that can’t carry tools.

        When you speak Blomfeld I get flashbacks of joey and feel just a little bit more dumb after reading the stuff you post.

      • blomfeld - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        and you my friend are a parasitic “time thief’ … “Bro. I’m at work” …

      • blomfeld - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        and when you speak bcsteele I have thoughts of not only flotsam, but even worse … jetsam ! :(

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        bcsteele, At least blomfeld has a sense of humor and so did joey. These 2 are in my fav commenters along with valoisvipers. Lighten up and get a sense of humor, dude.

    • ziplock10 - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Pure hatred. To think you spent time formulating a post!!!

      He is a Diva..

      All Stars are Douchbag!

      He was getting plenty of money, tax free ++++ It was his home!

      What’s not to like???

      Oh yeah! He’s the equivalent JayZ to Beyonce in the looks department…

      Yeah.. I’d hate him for that too…

      • blomfeld - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:44 PM

        “What’s not to like” ??? …

        how about the mental torture and anguish which he put his many fans through, by threatening them with the prospect of him turning his back on them forever ?

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        Yeah! You go blomfeld. He’s got no class on or off the ice. And the fact that he hasn’t brought the cup to the White House yet. Will it be this year?

    • ziplock10 - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      And may God have mercy on your soul…

  5. theclaim - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    SHOULD OVECHKIN OPEN UP A BEAUTY PARLOR ?

    Friends, not only would my answer to that question would be an ‘emphatic’ yes, but as well his very first customer should be none other than himself ! I mean seriously, was this guy in “Return to the Planet of the Apes’ or something? In all seriousness though, I suppose that congrats are in order for Ovi, even though my ears are still ringing loudly with his ‘hollow’ threats of staying in the KHL. And of course there’s the little fact that at least half of his 32 goals were scored against two ‘meager’ Florida-based teams. Nonetheless, ‘give credit where credit is due” as the old saying goes and so ‘bravo’ to the Russian hot dog !

     Yeah…. BEAUTY isn’t exactly what I think of when thinking GREAT HOCKEY PLAYERS! Crooked nose, missing teeth and a take no sh!t attitude paired with skating and puck handling skills are what make a GREAT player. Alexander the GR8 has ALL these traits. MVP MVP MVP! 30 goals in an abbreviated season? After starting in a 2-8-1 slump where analysts everywhere said he lost a step? Instead of focusing on his face focus on his play! BEAUTIFUL isn’t it?

  6. blomfeld - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    NOW NOW GIRLS !

    Sounds like you Ovi lovers are just a ‘tad’ sensitive eh? Well that’s just too funny man ! :) So listen up you ‘fragile’ clowns and take this word of advice from me … you better grow some thicker skin here pretty quick, or else the Rangers are going to eat you ladies ‘alive’ in the first round … ya dig?

    • ziplock10 - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      Never had a problem betting the Rangers!

      Just stating facts that he had it made if USSR. And is human like the rest of us.

      I’m not real sensetive about the fact that they have the #1 PP and he is leading the league in goals. And 3 of the top 16 in the league in points are Caps!

  7. bmoreredfury311 - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    I just hope Ovi and the Caps can keep the good vibes going!

  8. bmoreredfury311 - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    From the Great Ones mouth, to your ear pu$$y’s

    Gretzy on his MVP choice:

    Listen, first of all, had Crosby not been hurt, I think he would have been a unanimous choice. And he still may win the award. He was so remarkable in the games he played. I don’t think anyone’s going to question it if Jonathan Toews wins [the Hart]. He takes faceoffs, he kills penalties. On the power play he’s an instrumental leader for that hockey club. He’s sorta the heartbeat of that team. He does it in a classy way. He’s just a wonderful player. So he’s going to get a lot of votes.

    From my side of things, I look at Alexander Ovechkin. You look at the Hart trophy and what it means And it means what player could you take away from that team and they wouldn’t have the success they had. And I think that people forget that he had three coaches in a 12 month period and I think that’s difficult for any player — especially an offensive-minded player. He struggled without question the first 20 games. And I think the final 28 games he finally got his confidence back. I don’t think there’s any coincidence that they were below .500, then as soon as he’s able to play at the level he’s capable of, they became a different team. I don’t think anybody’s going to be disappointed if either Toews or Ovechkin wins. Those would be my two guys that I would vote for. If Columbus made the playoffs, obviously that goaltender deserved a lot more attention than he would get.

    Thats all good and nice, but i want the Cup. GO CAPS!

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