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Ovechkin, Malkin and Datsyuk Up for Pearson

The NHLPA announced moments ago that Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk are the finalists for the Lester B. Pearson Award, given each year to the MVP of the league as voted by the players.

Ovechkin earned the honor last year and is a finalist for the third straight year. This is also the first time all three finalists are from Russia.

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By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 6, 2009; 2:38 PM ET
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Pens fans will love that. They think Crosby should have gotten nominated. Guess he's not a popular fellow among the players.

Posted by: Leeguru | May 6, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to all three. Ovi may need a bigger case.

Posted by: saintex | May 6, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

what no Crysbaby -- I demand a recount

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | May 6, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: lylewimbledon | May 6, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey Lyle - tell us how you really feel

Posted by: Redwolf1 | May 6, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please help me figure out a way to celebrate Ovi's nomination without laughing at Crosby and/or flipping him off? Just wondering.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 6, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Crosby is more suited for "software", not hardware. Cmon! He doesn't even need to wear a cup. What's he got to protect?!!


Posted by: cfrazier91 | May 6, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

This one Ovi will win.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 6, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please help me figure out a way to celebrate Ovi's nomination without laughing at Crosby and/or flipping him off? Just wondering.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 6, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Not possible

Posted by: Moose33 | May 6, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I think this is the most important and only real MVP award in all of sports. Who cares what sports writers or even fans think. If I want someone to judge my performance I ask someone in my field. The players know who is the best. If Malkin or Datsuk win it, God bless them as they are fine players. If OV doesn't win it, it could be because someone was better, or it could be older players take offense to the "hot stick" incident, we will never know, but all three of these guys could win it without argument. My guess is if there were five finalists sid the brat would stil not be there as the players have no interest in artificially rewarding bad sportsmanship or behavior. They also like a good hat throwing after a hat trick sid!

Posted by: dbrine1261 | May 6, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Datsyuk. No offense meant. Fat fingers. LOL

Posted by: dbrine1261 | May 6, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse


Here's hoping that tonight--and for the rest of the post-season--you get to experience the same emotions as your little tin god "Super" Mario.

...the same emotions he experienced on Monday night, that is: gnashing your teeth in impotent frustration as your golden child gets outclassed (again) by the REAL Next One: OVECHKIN.


BTW, wasn't Crosby supposed to be the Stalwart Guardian of Old-School Hockey Tradition, so anointed by The Great Don Cherry Himself?

If that's true, then why was he 81+c#1ng at the Refs to stop people from throwing hats onto the ice after OV's hat trick?!!?!?

Last time I checked, the hat thing was a Hockey Tradition TOO, you colossal d-bag!

Go crawl back under your bridge, troll... lest you get run over.

Crosby's new Theme Song: "Yellow Submarine" by the Beatles'...Oh, wait--I forgot: you're 12 years old, so you couldn't possibly remember who the Beatles were...


**turns off flamethrower**

Posted by: Rhino40 | May 6, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

@fanofhockey (from previous threads),

Glad to see you back posting. (Of course, you were posting during this series.)

I noticed your posts on Nylander. I agree that he seems to do best on a line with Kozlov and Laich. Kozlov does a fair amount of scoring with that group.

Of course, it would now disrupt our current combinations to return to that group, especially since Laich seems to be a great fit with Bradley and Steckel who've been hot this series.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 6, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

After watching the blatently biased officiating tonight, NHL please note that if the Penguins are allowed to come back and are given the series by the official, I will stop watching the NHL. Mr. Bettman, the league is dangerously close to obtaining the sporting value of professional wrestling.

Posted by: carnack | May 6, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

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