Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The True Predator Malkin Devours Nashville, Hones in on Some Nhl Trophies as Team Clinches Playoff Spot and Pulls within 1 of East- Leading Rangers Penguins 5, Predators 1

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The True Predator Malkin Devours Nashville, Hones in on Some Nhl Trophies as Team Clinches Playoff Spot and Pulls within 1 of East- Leading Rangers Penguins 5, Predators 1

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The Art Ross trophy?

The NHL likely can ship that one off to the engraver this morning. Not much doubt anymore that Evgeni Malkin is going to win it.

If there's a question, it is about by how many -- or how many dozen -- points he will win it.

The league, though, might want to hold on to the Rocket Richard trophy for a bit longer.

Could be that it's not quite the lock to end up on Steven Stamkos' mantel that it figured to be just days ago.

Malkin scored two more during the Penguins' 5-1 victory Thursday night against Nashville at Consol Energy Center, giving him 45 for the season and seven in his past five games.

So, sure, he's five behind Stamkos with barely two weeks left in the regular season, but the way Malkin has been accumulating them lately, he might overtake Stamkos by, oh, the start of next week.

"He's a sniper," Malkin said. "I have a chance [to catch him]. Not a big chance, but why not? I might not catch him, but I want to score 50 goals."

Not much reason to believe that, if he stays healthy, he won't get there. And, in the process, do more to enhance his claim to the Hart Trophy, which Predators coach Barry Trotz seems prepared to award him.

"He was dynamite," Trotz said. "If I had to vote today, there's no question he'd be the MVP for me."

The victory was the Penguins' 13th in their past 14 games, clinched a playoff berth and raised their record to 46-21-6.

They climbed to within one point of the first-place New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference and remain four points ahead of fifth-place Philadelphia.

The Penguins played the final half of the game without defenseman Matt Niskanen, who has an unspecified injury. Coach Dan Bylsma described him as "day to day."

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and his Nashville counterpart, Pekka Rinne, shared the league lead before the game with 39 victories each.

Fleury because the first to reach 40 by turning aside 29 shots.

Much of the pregame attention focused on winger Alexander Radulov, playing his first game with Nashville since returning from the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia. He played 15 minutes, 54 seconds and scored the Predators' goal by converting a Hal Gill rebound. …

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