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Ovechkin should be honored to be Pearson finalist

Updated: May 7, 2006, 11:33 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Just how good was the crop of NHL rookies this season? Well, New York Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist was named Thursday as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie, but he couldn't crack even the final three in the voting for rookie of the year.

And then there's Alexander Ovechkin, the odds-on favorite to win the Calder Trophy. So spectacular was the young Russian that he was also named a finalist for the Lester B. Pearson Award, given annually to the NHL's top player ...

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