Ovechkin received 128 first-place votes on the 134 ballots cast by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.
Ovechkin had also won the Art Ross Trophy that goes to the NHL scoring leader and the Maurice Richard Trophy that is awarded to the top goal scorer. Ovechkin produced 112 points with 65 goals during the regular season.
Other award winners included:
-- Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk, who captured both the Lady Byng Trophy (sportsmanship) and Frank Selke Trophy (top defensive forward).
-- Chicago winger Patrick Kane, winner of the Calder Trophy (top rookie).
-- New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, who won the Vezina Trophy (top goaltender).