Evgeni Malkin scores 50th goal, will win Art Ross Trophy

Entering Saturday's game against Philadelphia it was pretty much already decided that Evgeni Malkin was going to finish as the NHL's leading scorer and win his second Art Ross Trophy. And that's exactly what he's going to do, as he will finish the regular season with 109 points, leaving a pretty significant gap between himself and the second leading point producer in the NHL, Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos.

And Malkin did it while playing in just 75 games. His 1.45 points per game average pretty much blew everybody else away.

The only question that remained unanswered for Malkin was whether or not he would score his 50th goal of the season. Late in the second period, with the Penguins already up 3-2, he did just that by moving into the center of the ice and beating Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky with a wrist shot.

The Penguins went on to win the game, 4-2.

It's the first 50 goal season of Malkin's career, and he becomes the just the ninth player in Penguins team history to reach that mark.

Fifty goals in this NHL is a pretty remarkable accomplishment when you consider how low goal-scoring is right now across the league, along with the fact that only three other players in the league this season have reached even the 40 goal mark. The only player that scored more goals this season is Stamkos, and we'll have more on him a bit later as he tries to score his 60th goal of the season, which is even more unbelievable.

Malkin also won the Art Ross Trophy during the 2008-09 season, recording what is still a career-high 113 points, and then followed it up in the postseason by winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP, helping lead the Penguins to their third Stanley Cup.

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Adam Gretz has been writing about the NHL and taking an analytical approach to the game since the start of the 2008 season. A member of the PHWA since 2015, he has spent more than three years covering... Full Bio

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