On Tuesday night, Russian all-star Evgeny Malkin tied five points to surpass 100 for the second consecutive season as Pittsburgh beat the visiting Atlanta Thrashers 6-2.
“He played great tonight, and it's fun to see that,” captain Sidney Crosby said. “When he's playing well, everything he touches, he makes something happen. That's a good feeling, and that's a good sign for us when he's going like that.”
Malkin had two goals and three assists to give him 102 points this season. He extended his lead in the scoring race over Crosby to 10 points and Aleksandr Ovechkin to 12 points.
“I'm happy because we won,” modest Malkin commented after the game.
Malkin had 106 points last season to finish second in the league.
Meanwhile, all-time Aleksandr Ovechkin has cleared the hurdle of 400 career points. All in all Ovechkin has 212 goals and 188 assists in 313 NHL games.
Today, Washington Capitals left wing is the reigning Art Ross Trophy (most season points) and Rocket Richard Trophy (most season goals) holder after scoring 65 goals in 2007-08, and is a step away from winning this season’s top scorers race.
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