On Saturday night Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin both played in their final games of the regular season and clinching some silverware before the start of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. In Pittsburgh’s finale in Montreal, Malkin added his 35th goal and and 113th point on the season allowing him to distance himself from Ovechkin by three points. With that came Malkin’s first Art Ross Trophy in his three years in the NHL.
He becomes the second Russian to win the award after Ovechkin clinched it last year. He also became the fourth Penguin to win the award sharing the honor with Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, and Sidney Crosby.
Meanwhile, Ovechkin won his second straight Maurice Richard Trophy for most goals in the NHL with 56 but was 9 tallies off from last year. All eyes will be on the Russian young guns in Las Vegas when the league announces the Hart Memorial and Lester B. Pearson winner, both of which belong to Ovechkin.