(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

 

Alex Ovechkin was named a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award on Thursday.

The award is presented to the “Most Outstanding Player” in the NHL as voted by fellow players. Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis are also finalists for the honor.

Ovechkin, 27, finished the regular season as the league’s leading goal scorer and was instrumental in the Capitals’ rise from last place to their fifth Southeast Division title in the past six years. He recorded 32 goals and 24 assists in 48 regular season games.

In the first four games of the playoffs, though, Ovechkin has just one goal and one assist.