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Russia's Ovechkin Wins Third NHL MVP Award

Aleksandr Ovechkin looks out as he and Russian national teammates celebrate a World Hockey Championship in Moscow in 2012.
Aleksandr Ovechkin of Russia has won his third most valuable player award in the National Hockey League (NHL).

The Washington Capitals captain narrowly beat out Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby to win the Hart Trophy.

The tally by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association was 1,090 points for Ovechkin to 1,058 for Crosby.

The 27-year-old Ovechkin scored 32 goals during the 2013 season, which was 40 percent shorter than a normal NHL season because of a 2012 labor dispute between the players and team owners.

Ovechkin also won the NHL’s most valuable player award in 2008 and 2009.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP