Far as I'm concerned, he was robbed of two harts by voters overthinking things and changing the criteria they vote with from year to year.
I mean, Daniel Sedin must have been scratching his head as well when he had a better year than his brother's prior year, against weaker competition and lost the award to Corey friggin Perry, who had a worse year than both Crosby and Ovechkin did in their award loss to Henrik.
Then this year, Ovechkin takes the first quarter of the season off, lights up the worst iteration of hockey's worst division (and produces next to nothing against other, stronger divisions) in the rest of it, merely matches Sid's production in 12 more games and is the MVP?
First quarter of the season? He took the first two-thirds of the season off. Come April the Caps had a very easy schedule, with mostly divisional foes from the SE.
This just goes to show that any trophy given to a player that is voted on should not always be taken seriously.