LAS VEGAS - JUNE 23: Alex Ovechkin accepts the Ted Lindsay Award during the 2010 NHL Awards at the Palms Casino Resort on June 23, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for NHLI)

Washington Capitals Awards Watch: Ovechkin One For Two; Green Denied Again

Alex Ovechkin missed out on a chance to win his third straight Hart Trophy, while Mike Green finished second in the voting for the NHL's top defenseman.

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Mike Green And Alex Ovechkin Both Named First Team NHL All-Stars

Although Mike Green and Alex Ovechkin missed out on the coveted Norris Trophy and Hart Trophy, respectively, they did make history.

The Capitals stars are the first pair of teammates to be named to the NHL first all-star team in back-to-back years since Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey did it from 1984-1986, according to Nate Ewell.

It is also the fifth time Ovechkin has been named the team's left wing during his five years in the league.

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Henrik Sedin Denies Alex Ovechkin Third Consecutive Hart Trophy

Alex Ovechkin will not be the first player to win three consecutive Hart Trophies since Wayne Gretzky, as he was bested by Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin.

The results were extremely close, according to Mike Vogel:

Sedin wins narrowly, 894 to 834 points for Ovi. First-place voyes were 46-40 for the Canucks center. #NHLAwards

While Ovechkin failed to win the Hart Trophy, voted on by the media, he captured the honor of most outstanding player from the NHL Player's Association when he was awarded the Ted Lindsay Award.

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Duncan Keith Wins Norris Trophy Over Mike Green, Drew Doughty

Another year, another runner-up finish for Mike Green in the Norris Trophy voting.

He and fellow defenseman Drew Doughty were beat out by Duncan Keith, the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawk's defensive stalwart.

Green led all defensemen with 19 goals and 57 assists for 76 points, and had a +39 rating. It was the second consecutive year Green finished in the top three in Norris Trophy voting.

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Jose Theodore Wins Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy

Jose Theodore was awarded the Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.

In an emotional acceptance speech, Theodore acknowledged his son, Chace, who passed away last summer as a result of respiratory complications brought on by a premature birth, as well as his teammates, the Capitals organization, and other members of his family.

Theodore, who went 30-7-7 with a 2.81 goals against average and .911 save percentage on the season, is not signed for next year. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

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Alex Ovechkin Wins Third Consecutive Ted Lindsay Award (UPDATED)

Alex Ovechkin was awarded the most outstanding player award, voted by the NHL Player's Association, for the third consecutive year. The award was previously known as the Lester B. Pearson Award until this year.

Ovechkin tallied 50 goals and 59 assists for 109 points, good for second in the league, to go a long with a +45 rating, also good enough for second in the league. He did all this despite missing ten games due to suspension and injury.

In his acceptance speech, he jokingly acknowledged teammate and friend Mike Green, forgoing his exit music to state, "Mike Green, what a life!"

UPDATE: Via Tarik El-Bashir, Alex Ovechkin is "only the third player to win the NHLPA's top honor three straight years, joining [Wayne] Gretzky and [Guy] Lafleur."

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Nicklas Backstrom Finishes Tenth In Selke Voting

According to Mike Vogel:

Nicklas Backstrom finished 10th in Selke balloting with 51 points.

Backstrom, only 22 years old, is coming off a season in which he posted a career best 33 goals, 68 assists, and 101 points, to go along with a +37 rating. He should be in the running for the Selke Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top defensive forward, for several years to come, as many believe he has yet to even enter his prime.

He was signed to a 10 year, $67 million contract this offseason.

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7:30 PM On Versus: Three Caps Eligible For Awards

Make sure you tune into Versus tonight at 7:30 p.m ET, as three members of the Washington Capitals are eligible to be honored at the NHL Award Ceremony.

Alex Ovechkin has been nominated for the Hart Memorial Trophy, voted by the media as the player adjudged most valuable to his team, and the Ted Lindsay Award, voted by the Player's Association and given to the league's most outstanding player. He is a two-time reigning winner of both.

Mike Green is up for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the top defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position. He was a runner-up to Zdeno Chara last year.

Goaltender Jose Theodore is a nominee for the Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy, given to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. Read more about the Masterson Trophy in this fanpost from Japers' Rink.

If you'd like to chat about the events as they unfold with fellow Capitals fans, head to the open thread at Japers' Rink.

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Don Maloney Named NHL's Top GM Over McPhee, Poile

Don Maloney of the Phoenix Coyotes beat out the Capitals’ George McPhee and the Predators’ David Poile to win the inaugural NHL General Manager of the Year Award.

McPhee built a Capitals team that won its first ever President’s Trophy and broke its previous franchise record for points in a season. Additionally, the organization’s minor league affiliate, the Hershey Bears, led the American Hockey League in points and is currently vying for its second consecutive Calder Cup championship.

When speaking about the award, Maloney offered praise to McPhee:

“I’m truly honored and humbled by this award. When I placed my vote, my first vote went to George in Washington. I thought: The object is to win and the Caps had the best record (in the NHL). Not only that, their minor league team is playing for a championship. That, to me, is worthy of an award.”

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Washington Capitals Awards Watch

A franchise best 121 points in the regular season may be followed by individual accolades for several members of the Capitals organization.

  • Captain Alex Ovechkin reached 50 goals for the fourth time in five season and notched career highs in both assists (59) and plus/minus (+45). He has been nominated for the Hart Memorial Trophy, voted by the media as the "player adjudged most valuable to his team," and the Ted Lindsay Award (formerly known as the Lester B. Pearson Trophy), an an award voted by the Player's Association and given to the league's most outstanding player. Ovechkin is vying for his third straight sweep of the two awards.
  • Defenseman Mike Green led all NHL defensemen in goals (19), assists (57), and points (76), and finished second in plus/minus (+39) while averaging 25:29 of ice time per game. For the second consecutive year Green has been nominated for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the "top defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position."
  • General Manager George McPhee is a finalist for the first annual GM of the Year Award, having constructed a team that went 54-15-13 (121 points), winning the President's Trophy for the best record in the NHL.

Follow this stream to learn the voting outcomes as they are announced.

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