Alex Ovechkin receives no first place votes for Hart Trophy, Nicklas Backstrom finishes 18th for Selke
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin had one of the best seasons of his career during the 2017-18 campaign. After last night’s NHL Awards show, The Great 8 posed with a bunch of trophies, but three of the four were team awards. Ovechkin led the league in goals (49) and won his seventh career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, adding to the titles he won in 2007-08, 2008-09, 2012‑13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16. But the Russian machine was uncharacteristically left off the NHL’s first and second All-Star Teams and finished low in voting for the Hart Trophy.