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Penguins have claimed 14 of last 24 scoring titles

Apr 8, 2012, 9:08 AM EDT

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Evgeni Malkin scored 50 goals and registered 59 assists in 75 games this season to do what the Pittsburgh Penguins seem to do best: win the Art Ross Trophy. Over the last 24 seasons, a Penguins player has claimed the scoring title 14 times. Of course, it helps when you have employed Sidney Crosby (one Art Trophy Trophy win), Malkin (two), Jaromir Jagr (five), and Mario Lemieux (six) over that stretch.

So who is second in the league in scoring titles over the last 24 seasons? The Los Angeles Kings with three. The Vancouver Canucks come in third with the back-to-back scoring titles from Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin.

In fact, Pittsburgh’s recent success is so impressive, that if we expand the list to start with when the trophy debut in 1947-48 – about 20 years before the Penguins franchise even played in its first game – there is still no team that comes close. The Montreal Canadiens are in second place with nine Art Ross Trophy wins.

Given that Crosby and Malkin are still pretty young, it’s not hard to picture a scenario where the Penguins add to their lead by winning another scoring title over the next several years.

  1. polegojim - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Seriously – that’s very impressive!

    Congrats to Malkin and Whiner.

    • jakpsu1 - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:50 AM

      A whiner who you would be calling the greatest player in the nhl if he played for your team.

      • polegojim - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

        Actually no he really wouldn’t.

        We have a number as good or better… but I’d be VERY glad to have him and he’d be welcome.

        The Red Wings Vets would help him mature.

        My rub on Crosby has nothing to do with talent, it’s that he acts like an over-aged boy.

      • danphipps01 - Apr 8, 2012 at 5:29 PM

        Haha, cute. You think Pavel Datsyuk is better. It’s almost like his absolute best season wasn’t still five points short of Crosby’s rookie year or something.

      • hockinj25 - Apr 8, 2012 at 9:04 PM

        Crosby is half the defensive player Datsyuk is. He might not put up huge offensive numbers but he more than makes up for it defensively.

  2. florida76 - Apr 8, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Pens have definitely had an impressive number of standout players in their history, who was the last Maple Leaf or Canadian to win the Art Ross? Along with the All-Star players, the Pens have have a considerable amount of team success as well. If you look at the Pens objectively, they would have to rank among the top third in NHL franchise achievement. Pretty impressive, considering six clubs had a roughly 40 year head start. The Cup leader among the Expansion 6, and vastly more accomplished than other early 70s teams like Washington, Buffalo, and Vancouver. And the glory days of the Islanders and Oilers were more than two decades ago.

    In fact, if you measured franchise accomplishment since 1967-68(when the Pens entered the NHL), Pittsburgh has outperformed Original Six clubs Chicago, New York, and Toronto. Even more impressive, since the Pens struggled for most of their first 20 years. Pens have also equaled the Cup output of the Bruins, and even the vaunted Red Wings have managed only one more Cup win during this time span. Montreal hasn’t won a Cup in two decades, with no relief in sight.

  3. bmscalise - Apr 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    “It’s not hard to picture a scenario where the Penguins add to their lead by winning another scoring title over the next several years.”

    I’d say that there’s at least a 50/50 chance that either Sid or Geno takes it next year. While it depends on health and there’s certainly no guarantee, my money is on the guy with 1.68 PPG in 22 games this year. For those keeping track, that’s on pace for 138 points over 82 games.

  4. hockinj25 - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Too bad the only trophy that matters is the Stanley Cup and they only have 3 in 45 years.

    • danphipps01 - Apr 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      Only three teams have more Cups since the Penguins were created – the dynasty-era Islanders and Oilers with four and five respectively, and the Red Wings with four of their own. The Pens are extremely likely to win another Cup in the next three years or so with their current roster, so it’s not that unreasonable to expect them to move into a tie with the Wings and the Islanders. With the Islanders and Oilers completely irrelevant at this point, the only franchise that can legitimately claim to be as or more successful than the Penguins are the Red Wings. One franchise. Everyone else is looking up to the Penguins’ accomplishments and wishing they were that good. Get over it.

      • hockinj25 - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:21 PM

        And I’m a Wings fan so there is nothing to get over.

  5. redux12 - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Helps when the NHL rigs the lottery to give you Lemieux and Crosby so that the franchise doesn’t die due to lack of fan interest. Bandwagoners.

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      look at what two decades of professional tanking gets ya

      ahhhh just kidding around, kinda.

      • florida76 - Apr 8, 2012 at 10:07 PM

        Fan interest has never been the issue for the Pens, it was the bad management which put a poor product on the ice for roughly 15 years. Even the New York Yankees have drawn poorly when they weren’t contenders. Always love taking down the conspiracy theorists.

        Two decades of professional tanking? Better get your facts right buddy. The Pens have only had five losing seasons since 1987-88. Four of those happened in the early 2000s, as a direct result of the bad management from the late 1990s, which led to the bankruptcy. Good grief.

  6. penzfan329 - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    hey jim try actually watching some penguins games and you tell me how much he allegedly does this stuff

  7. bobhpine - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Weird how the NHL only protects pittsburgh and lets teams walk from Quebec, hartford, Minnesota, Winnipeg, Atlanta, etc. what a foolish argument. These conspiracy idiots almost make me laugh.

    • rainyday56 - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      Dunno, the league seems to be putting a lot of effort into the Yotes lately. Be interesting to see how their playoff games will be “managed”.

  8. ironcity6pak - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Well said florida76. Can’t stand all the 87 haters, if he played for your team u would love him. Yes, years ago he overplayed some calls n held the refs hand but our kid is now a man and u no longer see it. He gets into scrums n isnt afraid to take a hit. He’ll crashes the net and will create traffic in front of if too. U need to get over the fact the he’s the face of the NHL and without him you probably wouldn’t see your team on TV.

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      I went to high school with him and didn’t care for Sidney too much then, don’t care now. so your point isn’t 100% valid but yes I agree. Haters gonna hate but that’s life, and sports

  9. steelpenguin71 - Apr 8, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    I wish all the idiots who make bandwagon comments would get their facts straight. Anyone one who knows anything about Pittsburgh sports fans knows Bandwagon isn’t part of the city. We paid for a baseball stadium for a team with at the time 10 straight losing seasons and hasn’t won since, oh and that stadium was nearly sold out last night…. Bandwagon, haters! You’re all green

  10. ironcity6pak - Apr 8, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    gbiscottagecheesefatties, seriously?!?!? Do some research, has nothing to do with lottery. A couple of losing seasons gets u a first or second rounder. If it wasnt them we would have had ovie. Def just another Pitt hater. Besides we alrdy proved we can win without our superstars cause our guys can step up.

    • danphipps01 - Apr 8, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      Amen to that. Maxime Talbot, Pascal Dupuis, Hal Gill, Bill Guerin… and that’s just the last Cup-winning squad. Seriously, Bylsma won last year’s Jack Adams for what he did WITHOUT Crosby, Malkin, and for quite some time, Staal. Still ended up with 106 points, tied for third overall in the entire NHL, and the fourth seed in the East. Running guys like Arron Asham on the second line. Having two of the NHL’s best forwards is great, but the Penguins have the deepest lineup in the game today.

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:39 PM

        I was kidding. settle down homer

  11. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:40 PM


    the have the deepest team due to those two forwards. it’s not hard to build around 2 of the best players in the game.

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