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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Maurice Richard led the NHL in goals five times in an eighteen year career. Alex Ovechkin has now out-goaled the League five times in his first ten seasons. Congratulations, Captain.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Ovi's Rocket ride:
    • Alex Ovechkin was awarded the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL's leading goal scorer for the 2014-2015 regular season. That marks the fifth Richard in his career and third consecutive season atop the goal-scoring standings. If we haven't mentioned this before, Alexander the Great is, well, great. Take some time to appreciate the awesomesauce. [NHL.comWaPo, CSNW, RMNB, Sports Journey]
    • Ovechkin was also named to the League's First All-Star team, his seventh time on the First team. Add his three Second team honors, and Ovi's ten nominations are the most of any active players. Also, the Gr8 is the only player on the ballot whose record requires asterisks and explanations. Ovi best)))) [CapsPR]
    • Also best: All-Access Ovi and Entourage Ovi.
    • As the voting results were disclosed, we learned that Braden Holtby, John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom, Barry Trotz and Brian MacLellan received some award consideration as well. [RMNB, CapsPR, S&S]
      • Holtby finished fourth (by two points!) in the Vezina balloting, fourth among goalies in the All-Star selections, and garnered one fifth-place vote for the Hart.
      • Carlson finished tenth in Norris balloting and collected enough All-Star votes to slide in at number eight among the defensemen.
      • Somehow ten other skaters are better than Backstrom in doing the things that Selke nominees do to get nominated for the Selke. I call shenanigans. And so does P.A. Parenteau, probably. [@CanadiensMTL]
      • Barry Trotz had a fifth-place finish in Jack Adams voting, and Brian MacLellan took eleventh place for GM of the Year.
      • And congrats to former Hershey Bears coach and current Calgary bench boss Bob Hartley, who got the nod for Coach of the Year. [Patriot-News]
  • Fifteen lessons learned at the NHL Awards. Sadly, "desperate need to improve watchability" did not make the list. [Sportsnet]
  • The Hockey News also has an annual informal poll among its writers for their own awards. Tom Wilson definitely had an impact on the electorate. [THN]
  • Oh and way to go to FINALLY be a team player, Mr. Plus-Minus-Selfishvechkin, in town to pick up yet another individual award. [ESPN]
  • How do you sign a problem like the Holtbeast? [Rink]
  • Is it October 10th yet? The Caps will kick off the 2015-2016 season at home against a Devils team that will already be on the back half of a back-to-back. Good thing the Caps are really, really, really good at those. [Rink, NHL]
  • Here's a bit of news - Dmitry Orlov gave an interview to and provided some details of his injury and recovery. First, he had had a previous injury to that wrist. He had a six-month recovery prognosis, but when they removed the cast (and the "knitting needles", which were probably not actual knitting needles) they discovered an infection that was severe enough for him to spend some days in hospital. He kept up a strong conditioning program during his recovery and is confident that he will be an asset to the team this year. After assisting Sergei Bobrovsky with his "master class" in Novokuznetsk, Dima will head Stateside in mid-July. [, via GoogleTrans]
  • Now on to the draft:
    • Evaluating the draft needs for the Metro division. []
    • Some MTL bloggers have Evgeny Svechnikov coming to the Caps at 22 in their mock draft.  I approve of this choice because the Caps need the Ovi and Sovi show. [HabsWorld]
    • If one was to re-draft the 2010 draft, Evgeny Kuznetsov would've been long-gone by the Caps slot. [NHL/com]
  • Five free agents likely to be overpaid. Yep. [THW]
  • Hershey bids farewell to Mike Cajkovsky, who is packing his gear for Prague and the Czech league. [Patriot-News]
  • Finally, happy 41st birthday to Glen Metropolit, and happy 44th birthday to coach Todd Reirden.