NHL: Ovechkin voted to both all-star teams

Washington Capital forward Alex Ovechkin was voted to the National Hockey League's first and second all-star teams in two different positions, the league announced on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Russian forward made the first all-star team as a right winger and the second team as a left winger.

Voting is conducted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season.

Joining Ovechkin on the first team is centre Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and four newcomers, comprising Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban and Minnesota Wild defenceman Ryan Suter.

While most voters selected Ovechkin at right wing to make him a decisive winner there, he also got enough votes as a left wing to come second in that position.

Ovechkin played left wing for each of his seven previous seasons and for a handful of games in 2012-13.

Strangely the all-star voting rules do not prevent a player being nominated in more than one position.

Ovechkin finished third in the NHL in points this past season, leading the Capitals to their fifth Southeast Division title in the last six years. He had 32 goals and 56 assists in 48 games.

Crosby also had 56 points but played 12 fewer games (36) than Ovechkin.