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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 01/12/2012

NHL All-Star Game: Alex Ovechkin named to roster (updated)


(Toni L. Sandys - WASHINGTON POST)

Update, 1:05 p.m.: Ovechkin and defenseman Dennis Wideman have been named to the NHL’s all-star roster. More on the news is here, and read about Wideman’s amusing reaction here.

Original post: Has Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin played like an all-star this season? He’s been named to the roster every year of his career, but as the former two-time MVP’s 33 points (48th in the league) show, he’s nowhere near the top of his game — and he hasn’t been for a while.

Ovechkin wasn’t one of the six players selected by fans on NHL.com (though he didn’t stand much of a chance thanks to overzealous voter fans of host Ottawa), but the league’s hockey operations department has 36 roster spots left to fill for the Jan. 29 showcase. The selections will be announced sometime today.

Center Nicklas Backstrom, who has been out since suffering a head injury Jan. 3, has 13 goals and 29 assists and has easily been the Capitals’ best player this season. But the selections aren’t necessarily based on merit alone, and an Ovi-less all-star game might lack some star power. (See here.)

“I’d love to go there but you never know what’s going to happen, if I’m going to be picked or not. So we’ll see,” Ovechkin told the Post’s Katie Carrera this morning. “My team right now, we have lots of guys who can be an All Star but I don’t know; it’s not my decision, it’s league decision but I’d love to be there.”

Asked if he would be disappointed if he weren’t selected, Ovechkin replied: “No, because I’m going to go straight up to vacation somewhere.”

The six players already selected: Ottawa forwards Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek and defenseman Erik Karlsson; Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf; and Boston goalie Tim Thomas.

Should Ovechkin make the roster? NHL.com’s writers say no. Puck Daddy says yes. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

More on Ovechkin in all-star games:
2011: Ovi scores first goal, makes a little history
2009: Ovechkin gets some help from Malkin in win
2008: ‘Hockey baseball move’ in Breakaway Challenge
2007: Superslow in Superskills (Ovi Q&A transcript)

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Ovechkin says his game is coming back around
Chimera scores as Capitals take 1-0 victory
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