Pittsburgh's Malkin wins Hart Trophy
Las Vegas, NV – Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin has attained yet another milestone, being named the recipient of the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player.
Malkin, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP in the Penguins' last Cup year of 2009, was also the recipient of the Art Ross Trophy for the second time in his six-year pro tenure.
He finished with a league-best 109 points along with a career-best 50 goals, recording five points in one contest on four occasions, the first player to do so since 1995-96.
The 25-year-old Russian center was the first player to win a scoring title by a double-digit margin since Jaromir Jagr bested Teemu Selanne by 20 points back in 1998-99. Malkin was a Hart finalist for the third time, after finishing second to Capitals star forward Alex Ovechkin in both 2008 and '09.
Malkin was the first Penguins skater to be selected best in the NHL since Sidney Crosby in 2007, and became the fourth in franchise history (Mario Lemieux, 1988, 1993, 1996; Jagr, 1999) to be so honored.
Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks was pronounced the best in the league last season.