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In breaking news, Evgeni Malkin is having a good season

Mar 21, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

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From the Elias Sports Bureau:

Evgeni Malkin recorded his fourth five-point game of the season with two goals and three assists in the Penguins’ 8-4 win against the Jets.

Malkin, who had three five-point games in his career entering this season, is the first NHL player to score five or more points in a game four times in one season since 1995-96, when the man who now signs Malkin’s paychecks, Mario Lemieux, had six such games for Pittsburgh, and Peter Forsberg did it four times for Colorado.

This has been a pretty remarkable year for single-game efforts:

— Back in November, Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins became the first 18-year-old in NHL history with five assists in a game and just the fourth to get five points in a single outing.

— In February, Nugent-Hopkins’ teammate, Sam Gagner, became the 13th player ever to score eight or more points in a game, scoring 4G-4A against Chicago.

— Philly’s Claude Giroux had a five-assist night in a 7-2 romp over Buffalo on Feb. 16.

— On Feb 18., Vancouver’s Daniel and Henrik Sedin combined for eight points in a 6-2 romp over Toronto.

That said, this really is the year of Malkin (yes, even with Steven Stamkos scoring 50.) He’s the only player with a realistic shot of cracking 100 points, which would earn him his second Art Ross Trophy in four years — putting him alongside Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky and Jaromir Jagr as the only multiple winners since 1980.

  1. pens87 - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    And here I thought he was having a bad season. Thanks for putting my fears to rest PHT…

  2. lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 21, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Hmmm, maybe it’s ok if the Jets don’t make it into the playoffs this year…still, GO JETS GO!

  3. govtminion2 - Mar 21, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Geno Pringles continues his assault on the league. What a Russian Stud this guy is. Great to see his parents in town, it’s pretty clear to see where his pringle can came from. Never seen such a beautiful man as Mr. Malkin. Hope they stay for this years parade

  4. steelhammer92 - Mar 21, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    I saw “Breaking news” and “Evgeni Malkin” and immediately thought he suffered some kind of injury in practice, or in typical Penguin fashion, announce he suffered a concussion the day after a game.

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