Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin capped off an impressive season by winning the Hart Memorial Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award and the Art Ross Trophy at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.
Malkin’s impressive haul made him just ninth player in NHL history to capture the Hart Trophy, Lindsay Award and the Art Ross Trophy in the same season, joining Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby, Jaromir Jagr, Phil Esposito, Guy Lafleur, Martin St. Louis and Alex Ovechkin.
Malkin, who led the NHL with 109 points (50G-59A) in 75 regular-season games, became the fourth player in franchise history to win the Hart Trophy, joining Lemieux (3 times), Jagr (1) and Crosby (1). The Hart Trophy is awarded by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.”
Malkin also won his first Lindsay Award, which goes to the “most outstanding player” in the league as voted on by the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA). As a team the Penguins have now won the Lindsay Award eight times – the most of any organization (Edmonton is second with 6).
The 25-year-old Malkin had previously clinched his second Art Ross Trophy after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos by 12 points in the NHL scoring race – the largest margin of defeat since 1999. He won his first scoring title in 2008-09 when he posted a career-best 113 points while leading the Penguins to the team’s third Stanley Cup.
Later in the night Malkin added another award when he was named to the NHL’s First-Team All-Star squad for the third time in his career. He was previously named a First-Team All-Star in 2007-08 and ’08-09. Malkin’s three selections to the postseason All-Star Team are the most among all active NHL centers.
Malkin’s linemate, James Neal, who finished the season ranked fourth in the league with a career-high 40 goals, joined Malkin as the right wing on the First-Team All-Star squad – the first such selection of Neal’s career.