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Art Ross Trophy race: Malkin closes in

Friday, 04.06.2012 / 12:03 AM / Trophy Tracker

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Art Ross Trophy race: Malkin closes in
Take a look at the Art Ross race featuring Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos and Claude Giroux.
The NHL awards the Art Ross Trophy annually "to the player who leads the League in scoring points at the end of the regular season." During a 21-year stretch from 1981-2001, the award was dominated by Wayne Gretzky (10-time winner), Mario Lemieux (6) and Jaromir Jagr (5), one of whom captured it each season. No player has won the Art Ross more than once since, but Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins, who claimed it in 2009, has the opportunity to change that -- he's locked in a three-way battle with Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers and Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning heading down the stretch. 

ART ROSS TROPHY SCORING RACE


PLAYER GP G A PTS
Evgeni Malkin (PIT) 74 49 58 107
Steven Stamkos (TBL) 81 59 37 96
Claude Giroux (PHI) 77 28 65 93
Here's an up-to-date look at the race:

Evgeni Malkin (107 points) --The Penguins' star scored his 49th goal and added an assist in Thursday night as Pittsburgh locked up fourth place in the East by beating the New York Rangers 5-2. Malkin will wrap up his second scoring title in three years after the Penguins host Philadelphia on Saturday.

Steven Stamkos (96 points) --Stamkos scored his 59th goal of the season, but it wasn't enough to keep the Tampa Bay Lightning from losing 3-2 in overtime at Toronto. He'll try to become the NHL's first 60-goal scorer since Alex Ovechkin in '07-08 when the Lightning end their season at Winnipeg on Saturday.

Claude Giroux (93 points) --Philadelphia's leading scorer had an assist on Thursday as the Flyers locked up fifth in the East with a 2-1 win against Buffalo. The Flyers finish their season at Pittsburgh on Saturday.

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