June 20, 2012 7:23 PM ET
Evgeni Malkin is going to need a bigger trophy case.
The Pittsburgh Penguins star walked away from the NHL awards show Wednesday with both the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award, not to mention the Art Ross Trophy he’d already wrapped up after leading the NHL in scoring with 109 points.
It capped an incredible season for the Russian, who was also named MVP of the IIHF World Hockey Championship in May after leading his country to gold.
Malkin was the best hockey player on the planet in 2011-12 and became the fourth Penguins player in the last 20 years to be named NHL MVP following Sidney Crosby, Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux.
Malkin edged New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and Tampa Bay Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos for both the Hart and Ted Lindsay.
However, Lundqvist didn’t go home empty-handed. He won his first Vezina Trophy after a season where he posted eight shutouts to help the Rangers claim the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
A dream season for Erik Karlsson ended in spectacular fashion — with the Ottawa Senators defenceman holding the Norris Trophy.
One day after signing a $45.5-million US, seven-year extension, the 22-year-old beat out Boston’s Zdeno Chara and Nashville’s Shea Weber for the award in voting by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.
Karlsson’s breakout season included 78 points — 25 more than any other blue-liner and the second-best total by a defenceman since the lockout.
It was his first nomination for the award.
Karlsson is the youngest winner of the award since Denis Potvin won the first of his three Norris Trophies in 1976. He was also 22.
The moment clearly overwhelmed Karlsson, who gave a short acceptance speech and forgot to thank his family.
“I’m probably going to have to look at the tape a couple of times to really figure out what happened,” he said. “It’s just a lot of fun right now and I’m going to enjoy myself.”
Erik Karlsson was born on May 31st, 1990 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Karlsson
May 31st, 1990
5 + 31 +1+9+9+0 = 55 = his life lesson = Mind-blowing.
May 31st, 1990
5 + 31 +2+0+1+2 = 41 = his personal year (from May 31st, 2012 to May 30th, 2013) = Getting to know Erik.
41 year + 5 (May) = 46 = his personal month (from May 31st, 2012 to June 30th, 2012) = Karlsson is the youngest winner of the award since Denis Potvin won the first of his three Norris Trophies in 1976. He was also 22.
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