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Last Chance to Send Malkin to the Sweet 16

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins

When Evgeni Malkin goes to the NHL Awards in Las Vegas this June, he will take home the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s scoring champion. And the fans will have a say in whether he receives another big honor while he’s there.

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The fans have already advanced Malkin to the second round of voting in the EA SPORTS NHL 13 Cover Vote Campaign, hosted by NHL.com. Tuesday, April 24 is the last day to send ‘Geno’ to the Round of 16, which will run through June 4 and is a single-elimination playoff bracket that decides the NHL 13 cover athlete.

The winner will be announced in a dramatic unveiling at the NHL Awards.

This is the first time ever that the fans have a voice in determining who will appear on the cover of the world’s No. 1 hockey video game franchise. The contest began with a field of 60 NHL players, two from each team – with the Penguins' candidates being Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury. That field was narrowed down to the current list of 32 players  – one from each team and two wild cards.

Malkin was the best player in the NHL this season, leading the league with 109 points (50G-59A) in 75 games to become the third player in franchise history to capture multiple Art Ross Trophies.

Malkin won the scoring title by 12 points over Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos, the largest point differential between the NHL’s top-two scorers since Jaromir Jagr defeated Teemu Selanne by 20 points in 1999. Malkin also became the ninth player in franchise history to score 50 goals.

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