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The recipient of the Hart Memorial Trophy typically has a knack for coming through in the clutch. While there may not be a way to directly measure how clutch an athlete is, game-winning goals and shootout goals provide evidence of one's ability to rise to the occasion.
Currently, Stamkos has 11 game-winning goals, with five of them coming in overtime. Malkin has nine game-winning goals, with one of them coming in overtime.
As of now, Stamkos is 1-for-4 (25 percent) on the shootout this year, while Malkin is 8-for-11 (72.7 percent) on the shootout. Furthermore, Stamkos has zero game-deciding goals in the shootout this year, while Malkin has three.
Contrary to NHL rules, I believe that a game-deciding goal in the shootout should be factored into a player's total number of game-winning goals because they reflect the same outcome. Therefore, in my opinion, Malkin has 12 game-winning goals, while Stamkos has 11 game-winning goals.
Officially, Malkin has more shootout goals than Stamkos, but fewer game-winning goals. However, as I mentioned earlier, I believe that game-deciding goals in the shootout should be considered game-winning goals, since they denote the same outcome. Therefore, using my system, Malkin has more game winning-goals than Steven Stamkos. Since Malkin leads in both of the statistics brought up on this slide, he gets the edge.