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NHL’s MVP has gone home a loser lately

Alex Ovechkin may have won the Hart Trophy, but his Capitals were sent packing in the playoffs.

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Alex Ovechkin may have won the Hart Trophy, but his Capitals were sent packing in the playoffs.

For the eighth straight season, the player who took home the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP failed to lead his team out of the second round of the playoffs. Alex Ovechkin is a three-time MVP but also a symbol of the Capitals’ shortcomings in the postseason.

The last Hart winner to win the Cup was the Lightning’s Martin St. Louis in 2004. A look at the winners since him:

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2005-06, Joe Thornton - Regular season PPG: 1.54; Postseason PPG: 0.82. Team result: Sharks lost in second round

2006-07, Sidney Crosby - Regular season PPG: 1.52; Postseason PPG:1.00; Team result: Penguins lost in first round

2007-08, Alex Ovechkin - Regular season PPG: 1.37; Postseason PPG:1.29; Team result: Capitals lost in first round

2008-09, Alex Ovechkin - Regular season PPG: 1.39; Postseason PPG:1.50; Team result: Capitals lost in second round

2009-10, Henrik Sedin - Regular season PPG: 1.37; Postseason PPG:1.17; Team result: Canucks lost in second round

2010-11, Corey Perry - Regular season PPG: 1.20; Postseason PPG:1.33; Team result: Ducks lost in first round

2011-12, Evgeni Malkin - Regular season PPG: 1.45; Postseason PPG: 1.33; Team result: Penguins lost in first round

2012-13, Alex Ovechkin - Regular season PPG: 1.17; Postseason PPG:0.28; Team result: Capitals lost in first round

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