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Malkin proves best in NHL

Published time: June 21, 2012 09:31
Edited time: June 21, 2012 18:25
Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeny Malkin poses with the Ted Lindsay Award, the Art Ross Trophy and the Hart Trophy during the 2012 NHL Awards show at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort in Las Vegas	(Reuters / Steve Marcus)

Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeny Malkin poses with the Ted Lindsay Award, the Art Ross Trophy and the Hart Trophy during the 2012 NHL Awards show at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort in Las Vegas (Reuters / Steve Marcus)

Yet more accolades have been showering on Russian ice hockey star Evgeny Malkin as the Pittsburg Penguins forward has been named the NHL's Most Valuable Player.

The 2009 Stanley Cup champion, who posted 50 goals and 59 assists during the NHL regular season, stole the show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

“It's the best day of my life,” Malkin said. “It's very exciting.”

The 25-year-old gathered the Hart, Ross and Lindsay awards next to him after the ceremony.

“I can't believe I'm sitting here, and around me there are three trophies,” Malkin said. “It's an unbelievable day for me.”

The Russian won the Hart Trophy over Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos and New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who still won the Vezina Trophy for the first time.

Malkin was also named the Most Valuable player at last month's Ice Hockey World Championships after guiding Russia to their third crown in five years.

Another Russian 2012 World Champion, Pavel Datsyuk of Detroit, fell short of winning yet another Frank J. Selke Trophy for his collection, losing to Patrice Bergeron of Boston. The award is given annually to the NHL forward, who demonstrates the most skill in the defensive component of the game.