According to the National Hockey League website on Sunday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins won the National Hockey League scoring race for most points in the regular season. Crosby finished with 104 points (36 goals and 68 assists) to beat fellow Canadian Olympic gold medalist Ryan Getzlaf by 17 points.
By leading the NHL in points, Crosby wins his second Art Ross Trophy of his career. He first won the Art Ross Trophy in 2007 when he had 120 points and beat Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks that year by six points.
Crosby will officially receive the award on June 24 at a ceremony in Las Vegas. According to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, Crosby will be a serious contender to win the Hart Trophy as well.
Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals meanwhile will win the Rocket Richard Trophy for leading the NHL with 51 goals, and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings will win the William M. Jennings Trophy for helping the Los Angeles Kings surrender the NHL least 174 goals. All of the other awards will be voted on by various hockey experts and be presented in over two months time.
Crosby will now be focused on helping lead the Pittsburgh Penguins toward a deep playoff run. The Penguins finished second in the Eastern Conference and first in the Atlantic Division with 109 points. Their first round opponent will be the Columbus Blue Jackets, who have qualified for the postseason in their first year in the Eastern Conference.
It has been an outstanding year for Crosby. In February, he scored a key insurance goal for Canada in the gold medal game of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Crosby, who scored on the breakaway in the second period, put Canada up 2-0 at the time en route to a 3-0 victory over Sweden. Crosby also scored one of the biggest goals in hockey history. At the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Crosby scored the overtime winner as Canada beat the United States 3-2 in the gold medal game.