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Alex Ovechkin up for NHLPA's most outstanding player

Alex Ovechkin has been named a finalist for the NHLPA's Ted Lindsay award, given annually to the most outstanding player as judged by his peers.

Ovechkin, which has won the award the past two seasons (it was formerly known as the Lester B. Pearson award), is joined by Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Vancouver's Henrik Sedin.

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By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 6, 2010; 2:18 PM ET
 
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Ovi should win this award easily since he contributed a lot more to the NHLPA funds than either Crosby or Sedin with all his fines this season :)

Posted by: joek443 | May 6, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Ovie should win easily for the simple fact that he is much better than either of the other two. And since this is voted on by the players, I doubt that the pro-Crosby bias so prevalent in the media and NHL front office will affect it.

Posted by: timmyv38 | May 6, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE. Crosby wins the Hart and Pearson, although I would rather see Sedin win.

Posted by: doughless | May 6, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I hope Ovi wins this one. It would be meaningful, coming from his peers and not from the media people who decided to demonize Ovi this year.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | May 6, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

congratulations to ovie! hope he wins this one! :)

Posted by: 33spinner | May 6, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Why'd they change the name?

Posted by: jfwil | May 6, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Pittsburgh is leading Montreal after one period, 2-1. Predictably, they're outshooting the home team. That is likely aided by their excellent work in the circles. It's too bad we couldn't have played a depleted and tired Canadiens outfit in the 2nd round instead of the 1st.

Posted by: Terptwin | May 6, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Alex for being nominated for the Ted Lindsay Award. For a variety of reasons, he will likely finish 2nd or 3rd. Still, he had another great regular season.

Posted by: Terptwin | May 6, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Franzen has scored on 4 of his 5 shots in the 1st period. The Red Wings are rolling in this one, 4-0.

Posted by: Terptwin | May 6, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

And Pitt is beating Montreal 2-1 after 2 periods. The Pens have lots of shots on Halak. The Habs have barely had any shots at all.

Depressing.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 6, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Whoa! MTL is now leading in the 3rd per, 3 to 2 with 16 min left.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | May 6, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

As much as I don't like the Quebecois, when they're playing Pittsburgh I say GO HABS!

Posted by: butcherbaker | May 6, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

two nice saves by halak

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | May 6, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

sweet pens lose again

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | May 6, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE. Crosby wins the Hart and Pearson, although I would rather see Sedin win.

Posted by: doughless | May 6, 2010 5:21 PM

Crosby should win neither, and shouldn't even be up for the Hart. The MVP for the Pens was Malkin - the player who most hurt the Pens when he was out.

Posted by: timmyv38 | May 6, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Instead of playing in the World Tournament, Semin should have been required by the team to stay in DC, and watch these lower seeds continue in the NHL playoffs on tv, like the rest of us. Hope you guys are having fun in Germany, drop some cash, drink a beer for the rest of us, and say hi to the girls!
Sorry, I'm working on overcoming the bitterness...but it's an ongoing process.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | May 6, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Well, the Penguins are experiencing the H E L L the Caps did. I know the Pens and Habs are only through game 4 so far but Ovi's 5g and 5a and +5 against the Habs isn't looking too shabby at this point. Sid the Kid has put up 0g 3a and is EVEN in the +/-. I honestly thought that Halak would have been physically incapable of playing at the level he has been. People can talk systems all they want but Halak simply makes about 10 highlight reel saves a game.

One thing that was noticed in our house today was how few whistles there were compared to our games against the Habs. One of my sons pointed out that the Habs are much more successful of gaining control of the puck in the middle of the chaos and breaking the puck out of the zone rather than icing the puck like they did against the Caps. I still feel like the Pens are going to take the series, but after 4 games everyone in the sports world thought the Caps had the series.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 6, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Quit blaming Semin. He was the hardest working Cap for the entire series. You could make a highlight reel off the saves Halak made on him. He led the team in shots, and he was great on the PK. Two years in a row, Semin has had the same problem - no support from his line, and no consistency there either. The Caps need a solid second line center to play with Semin and Laich, and Laich needs to do his job and get in front of the goalie.

Posted by: timmyv38 | May 6, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

informative article by Mike Vogel about coaches and how long it took to win their first cup
titled:
"Boudreau Not To Blame"
http://dumpnchase.com

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | May 7, 2010 1:38 AM | Report abuse

I disagree with how you reach your conclusion. In my opinion, Knuble, in no way, impeded Halak's ability to save the puck.

The question is what does "impede" entail? Well, in law you go to prior court cases to see how the rule has been interpreted by judges and that sets a precedent for how the rule will continue to be interpreted. Thus setting clearer guidelines.

In sport you go to prior games to see how the rule has been intepretated by the refs (judges) to determine how the rule is interpreted. Throughout the last few years and through this year's playoffs "impede" has been consistently ruled to encompass significantly more than touching.

So a signifcant amount of contact must be made that does not allow the goaltender to get to his desired position. At no point was Halak not able to get to his desired position. He may have been distracted but he was never unable to go directly in the position he desired.

The interpretation of the rule was set with lengthy precedent. It is was thus an incorrect ruling to change the interpretation of the rule for a single incident without any notification of a rule change and without continuous similar rulings following afterards (i.e. Buflyin and many Red Wings goals).

Posted by: sgm3 | May 6, 2010 11:58 AM |

Just watch the replay. Halak was trying to go butterfly immediately after the contact inside the crease, and was prevented from doing so by Knuble's skate which was still in contact with Halak inside the crease. You might have to go frame by frame, or you might just be able to notice it on slow mo, but if you really watch very carefully, you will see what is clearly a frustrated butterfly attempt by Halak. Had he been able to butterfly when he wanted to, he might have made the save.

If you are contacted, and then because of the contact you can't butterfly, you are very much significantly interfered with.

While it's tough to argue precedent has absolutely no place in sports refereeing, I don't see that as being a big issue in this instance.

Let's assume for the sake of your argument your analogy to law is apt. In law, cases on the appellate level are what establish precedents, and the opinions appellate justices write can certainly establish precedents and even when they don't they really are part of the law in a very real way--but cases at the trial level typically do not establish any kind of precedent or law, at least not in any state I've ever researched law in. In hockey, referees are like trial judges--not like appellate justices. The law in hockey is really just the Rulebook and any subsequent NHL guidelines--I think the league sometimes sends memos around or whatever.

Posted by: youaresquishy | May 7, 2010 2:15 AM | Report abuse

I do not know whether any subsequent wrinkles were introduced recently that would change my interpretation of the Rulebook, of course. It could be that there was some change that I don't know about that does mean that it was a bad call, which would explain the Byfuglien goal, etc. But I doubt it. Halak really was significantly impeded with. Not sure the ref actually saw at full speed what I can only see on slow-mo, but I already talked about that issue before--I'm just gonna assume the ref actually saw what he called here since it did happen to be the right call.

But, like I said earlier, I believe this is a particularly tough call for officials to make while they are trying to also watch to see if a goal is scored and to see whether the goalie covers the puck, as well as trying to watch for other infractions. The ref can't wave off a goal unless the ref actually sees the kind of goaltender interference that justifies waving it off. So you should expect many actual instances of goaltender interference to not be called and goals that should be waved off to not be waved off because of how complex the rule is and all the other duties the refs have, not to mention that it does take some guts to wave off a goal--easy to just say you didn't see the interference clearly enough to wave it off.

This is the reason I don't like the rule--it seems obvious to me that it's so complicated that it's easy to not see the interference, easy to at least claim you did not see the interference, and it's going to lead to a lot of non-calls. This is why I liked the rule the way it was earlier when Buffalo got screwed in the finals--if an attacker is in the crease when the goal is scored, it shouldn't count. I liked that clear line.

I think what most people I talk to really want is that they want the goal to count unless the ref was already about to call a goaltender interference penalty on the play, and, yeah, that's one way to do it, but I think the best way to do it that way is to just totally prohibit being in the crease, period, always, unless pushed in.

Posted by: youaresquishy | May 7, 2010 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Semin blows. he is overpayed and over coddled. i am sure it wont be long before we see pics of him watching Ovie entertain a bunch of trashy looking russian blondes in some crap bar.

Posted by: doughless | May 7, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

That so-called pro-Crosby bias somehow trickled down to the players in 2007, when Crosby won the Pearson.

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And since this is voted on by the players, I doubt that the pro-Crosby bias so prevalent in the media and NHL front office will affect it.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 7, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

For more than one reason, this is the dumbest sports-related comment I have read all year.

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Crosby should win neither, and shouldn't even be up for the Hart. The MVP for the Pens was Malkin - the player who most hurt the Pens when he was out.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 7, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Why'd they change the name?
Posted by: jfwil | May 6, 2010 6:59 PM |
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The NHLPA changed the name of the award to honor Hall-Famer Ted Lindsay, who was instrumental in helping form the NHL players union back in the 1950s. He ws the first president of the NHLPA.
http://www.nhlpa.com/News/Media-Releases/Details.aspx?R=17B7342F-A127-4A5D-9313-D2582B76DE8D

Posted by: braunt | May 7, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

doughless, please stop whining!

Posted by: alsin7 | May 7, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

no one is whining, donkey

Posted by: doughless | May 7, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

doughless is a whiner # 1

Posted by: alsin7 | May 7, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

It's Ovechkin, WHO has won the award...come on, basic English : P

Posted by: Sticksboi35 | May 10, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

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