Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin wins the Art Ross Trophy
Evgeni Malkin of Pittsburghs's Pinguins grabbed this year's Art Ross Trophy for scoring the most points in the NHL season -- Malkin came on top with 113 season points, just 3 points ahead of the closest runner-up and compatriot Washington Capital's Alex Ovechkin. The Art Ross Trophy has been presented to the top NHL scorers since 1947. Among the Trophy's famous holders are Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Sidney Crosby.
Evgeni Malkin clinched the Art Ross Trophy as leading NHL scorer Saturday night, the trophy once again going to a Pittsburgh Penguins star player.
Malkin scored his 35th goal of the season in a 3-1 win over Montreal. He finished with 113 points, three ahead of fellow Russian and last year's winner, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.
"It's my third year playing in the NHL and I understand how to play here," a beaming Malkin said after the game. "My English is a little bit better and my game is better."
Ovechkin finished with a higher points-per-game average, but missed three games.
Malkin, who appeared in all 82 regular season games, admitted it was an individual goal he set heading into the season.
"All season I've wanted to win it," he said. "I had a good summer working out and felt great all season. I started well, and now here I am."