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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 21193531 Hart association Hart+association NHL

If the first week of the season is any indication, Alex Ovechkin took some serious umbrage to Henrik Sedin interrupting his run of consecutive Hart Trophies at two.

Not only is Ovechkin leading the league in scoring, he potted the winner in two of the Capitals’ three victories this season, including one in OT.

Sedin, on the other hand, is making a spirited run to keep the Hart in the family, but this time it’s Daniel who is the more productive half of the twin threat. With three goals and five points in just three games, Daniel has been one of the bright spots in a surprisingly feeble Canucks offense.

We’re early in the year — very early in the year — so there’s a lot up in the air still, but we can start the runners towards the Hart based on their pre-season projection and what they’ve done so far.

— Ken Campbell, The Hockey News

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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 21193533 Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Alex+Ovechkin%2C+Washington+Capitals NHL

The big guy almost always plays like a man possessed, but Ovechkin seems to be taking Washington’s playoff failures personally now. Not good news for the rest of the league.

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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 21203143 Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes Cam+Ward%2C+Carolina+Hurricanes NHL

The Hurricanes are giving up an average of 36.7 shots a game and have won two of three, in large part because Ward has bailed them out. No shortage of spectacular saves, either.

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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 21193534 Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning Steven+Stamkos%2C+Tampa+Bay+Lightning NHL

Stamkos shared the Rocket Richard Trophy last season with Crosby, but looks intent on keeping it for himself this time around. And the way Stamkos has scored so far this season is proving he has a lot more than just a big shot.

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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 21193532 Brad Richards, Dallas Stars Brad+Richards%2C+Dallas+Stars NHL

The Stars have shocked the hockey world by getting off to a 3-0-0 start, thanks in large part to Richards. After a couple of years of floundering, Richards is busting his way back into star status.

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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 21196406 Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks Marian+Hossa%2C+Chicago+Blackhawks NHL

Hossa has always been one of the best two-way players in the league, but early on he has been providing a big spark of offense. If he can keep up the production, his all-round play will keep him in contention for the Hart all season.

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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 21206009 Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks Daniel+Sedin%2C+Vancouver+Canucks NHL

As we mentioned, the Canucks have not exactly exploded out of the gate looking like a Stanley Cup contender, but Sedin has provided some timely scoring for them.

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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 21193535 Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks Henrik+Sedin%2C+Vancouver+Canucks NHL

With four assists, he is almost always at the other end of his twin brother’s goals. But Henrik won the Hart last season because he also showed he could score goals. It is strange, however, to see both Sedins as minus players in the early going.

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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 21206008 Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney+Crosby%2C+Pittsburgh+Penguins NHL

He certainly hasn’t put in an MVP performance so far, but he’s there every year and we have no doubt he’ll get his game together, and so will his team.

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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 21202258 Sergei Bobrovsky, Philadelphia Flyers Sergei+Bobrovsky%2C+Philadelphia+Flyers NHL

Don’t laugh. This guy might just be the answer to the Flyers age-old goaltending problems. He’s off to a 2-0 start with a .931 SP and 2.00 GAA.

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NHL 142 43 The Hockey News: Hart Trophy Watch 21193536 Steve Sullivan, Nashville Predators Steve+Sullivan%2C+Nashville+Predators NHL

The veteran is back to good health and on a Nashville team that always struggles to produce offense, Sullivan has been a big reason why the Predators got out of the gate undefeated in three games.

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