Ovechkin named first-and second-team All-NHL

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Washington Capitals captain and Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin headlined the NHL All-Star teams announced Wednesday.

Ovechkin, who led the NHL in goals during the regular season, made the first team as the right winger and received enough votes from the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at left wing to land a spot on the second team as well.

Joining Ovechkin on the first team were Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Penguins left winger Chris Kunitz, Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

The second team was led by center Jonathan Toews of the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, who finished the regular season with 23 goals and 48 points.

The second team also included New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, Anahem Ducks defensemen Francois Beauchemin, Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, Tampa Bay Lightning right winger Martin St. Louis and Ovechkin at left wing.

Capitals coach Adam Oates shifted Ovechkin from right wing to left this year and the six-time All-Star produced 32 goals and 24 assists for 56 points during the regular season. Ovechkin came on strong after a slow start while adjusting to the new position, scoring 23 goals in his final 23 games.

In addition to receiving the Hart Trophy as the league most valuable player, Ovechkin won the Rocket Richard Trophy for the third time.

Ovechkin is not the first player to make the all-star teams at more than one position. Mark Messier was selected to the team twice as a left winger and a center.

Crosby, who sat out a month with a broken jaw, was selected to the first team for the second time in his career after scoring 56 points in 36 regular-season games.

The other four players on the first team all made it for the first time in their careers. Bobrovsky was the Vezina Trophy winner.
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