Dominik Hasek was the last player to win back-to-back MVP awards, claiming the Hart Trophy in 1997 and 1998 as a member of the Buffalo Sabres. He's about to have company, it seems.
Alex Ovechkin probably had already wrapped up his second straight MVP before last night's goal. But now there doesn't seem to be much of an argument over who deserves it this season.
Ovechkin is leading the league in goals with 42 -- that's eight more than Jeff Carter and Zach Parise. He's leading the league in third period goals with 20. And he's tied with Patrick Marleau for the league lead in game winners with nine.
He's also leading his peers in searches on YouTube and Google.
"It would pretty hard to go against him," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We have some good players surrounding him. But more importantly, if you look at what he's done in the third period and the winning goals and at crunch time. That's when you need your guys the most. And he's there all the time."
"I hope he gets two [MVP's] in a row," he added. "Then we'll work on the Conn Smythe."
One day after Ovechkin's most recent YouTube moment, most of the talk at practice today was about how the goal unfolded.
"It was a pretty good goal," Boudreau said. "The falling, the deking and getting the puck in from the seat of your pants, you've seen a lot. But it was the backhand pass in the neutral zone and then staying at full speed that was quite remarkable."
Boudreau almost felt sorry for Montreal defenseman Roman Hamrlik, saying: "I don't know what he was thinking. Who expects that? Maybe he's never seen that move in the 15 years he's been in the NHL."
Ovechkin said he didn't watch the replay again until this morning.
"I fell, then when I slide over I just shoot the puck, that was probably the hardest moment for me to score," he said. "It just happened. Sometimes you have 100-percent chances to score goal and it doesn't go in. And sometimes you have 20-percent chance to score goal and it doesn't go in. You never know when the puck goes in."
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