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Penguins' Sidney Crosby Wins 2nd NHL Scoring Title

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 9:  Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins moves the puck against the Detroit Red Wings on April 9, 2014 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffApril 14, 2014

Despite being rested in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby secured the Art Ross Trophy, given annually to the player who leads the National Hockey League in scoring, per NHL.com.

Crosby's 104 points were 17 more than Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf's 87, making the Pens superstar a runaway winner. It was the second time in Crosby's career that he has led the league in scoring, as he also did so in 2006-07, when he recorded a career-high 120 points.

Incredibly, 15 of the past 26 Art Ross Trophy winners have come from the Penguins, while the Los Angeles Kings have the next-highest total on that front with three. Over that span, Mario Lemieux won the award six times, Jaromir Jagr five and Evgeni Malkin twice.

The 26-year-old Crosby also led the league in assists this season, with his 68 helpers marking his highest total since the 2008-09 season, when he recorded 70.

After back-to-back campaigns of dealing with a plethora of injuries, Crosby was able to play in 80 games this season, a significant jump after he appeared in only 58 games (out of a possible 130) over the previous two years combined.

His return to health came at a great time for the Penguins, a team that has been decimated by injuries this season, including one to center Evgeni Malkin, who is currently dealing with a foot issue that has kept him out since March 23.

The Penguins, who went 51-24-7 this season to win the Metropolitan Division, begin their first-round playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

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