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Everywhere Man: Ovechkin makes NHL’s first- and second-All Star Teams

Jul 3, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

The NHL has announced that Alex Ovechkin has been named to its 2013 All-Star team.

Check that — teams.

Ovechkin, the Hart Trophy winner as league MVP, received enough votes from the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association to earn the right wing spot on the first team…and enough votes to earn the left wing spot on the second team.

The news, as you’d expect, has drawn some criticism:

Larry Brooks, New York Post

Craig Custance, ESPN

Stephen Whyno, Canadian Press

Nick Cotsonika, Yahoo!

This development overshadowed the fact other players were awarded for their achievements this season (and no, not every spot went to Ovechkin).

Here are the All-Star Teams:

First Team

G: Sergei Bobrovsky

D: P.K. Subban

D: Ryan Suter

RW: Alex Ovechkin

C: Sidney Crosby

LW: Chris Kunitz

Second Team

G: Henrik Lundqvist

D: Kris Letang

D: Francois Beauchemin

RW: Martin St. Louis

C: Jonathan Toews

LW: Alex Ovechkin

In case you’re curious, the PHWA did send out an email to members specifying that Ovechkin had been playing right wing this season.

So,  on the premise left wing votes were erroneous, it’s Edmonton’s Taylor Hall getting the shaft. He finished third among all left wingers in voting, with 205 — 12 fewer than Ovechkin.

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