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Crosby wins NHL scoring title for second time

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 11:40 PM
Wes Crosby  - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby wrapped up his second Art Ross Trophy on Sunday despite sitting out the Pittsburgh Penguins' season finale against the Ottawa Senators.

Crosby led the NHL with 104 points, the third-highest total of his nine-year career and the most since he had 109 during the 2009-10 season. His other scoring title came in 2006-07, his second season, when he had a career-high 120 points.

With Crosby winning again, 15 of the past 26 NHL scoring titles have been won by a member of the Penguins. The Los Angeles Kings have the second-highest total during that span with three.

"I'm not sure we know how fortunate we have been to have leading scorers and MVPs here in Pittsburgh for a long time," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.

Crosby's 17-point margin over Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf is the largest since then-Penguins forward Jaromir Jagr won the title in 1998-99 by 20 points over Teemu Selanne. The Penguins own the four largest margins of victory since 1996-97.

"I'm not sure how that happens," Bylsma said. "Sid, to get over 100 points, to have the lead over Getzlaf as he does, there's so much more to his game than just scoring. But it is pretty amazing to see how much he's put behind him -- some great players, great goal scorers, point-getters for their team and in such a huge fashion.

"I think it's pretty amazing just to even fathom that he is 17 points ahead of the next-best guy, and I have a lot of respect for Ryan Getzlaf."

Crosby tied teammate Evgeni Malkin for the third-most scoring titles in Penguins history with two, four behind Mario Lemieux and three behind Jagr. He played in 80 games this season after playing in 41 or less in the each of the previous three, including 36 during the shortened 2012-13 season.

The 26-year-old also led the NHL with 68 assists. He finished with 18 multi-assist games, including four games with three assists.

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