Talk, races don't slow down heading into season's final week

Updated: March 31, 2008, 12:35 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

The debate over whether Alexander Ovechkin should be awarded the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player has been long and increasingly ponderous.

Every night, Ovechkin continues to distance himself from his competition. Even if his Washington Capitals don't qualify for the playoffs (if they fall short, it will be by a point or two), Ovechkin is the game's best player and most important to his team -- by a long shot. Ovechkin has kept the Caps within three points of the final ...

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