NEW YORK — The 2013-14 National Hockey League regular season concluded tonight with Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby capturing his second career Art Ross Trophy as the League scoring champion, Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin claiming his fourth career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the League’s goal-scoring leader and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick winning his first career William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltender who plays at least 25 games for the club allowing the fewest goals.
Crosby, who won his first Art Ross Trophy in 2006-07, finished with 36 goals, a League-leading 68 assists and 104 points — besting Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf (31-56—87) and Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux (28-58—86) for the Art Ross Trophy. Crosby registered points in 60 of the 80 games he played in (75.0%), including 30 multi-point performances, and never went more than two consecutive games without registering a point. He posted four point streaks of five or more games, highlighted by an eight-game run to open the season (Oct. 3-19: 7-10—17) and a 10-game stretch Dec. 3-21 (7-11—18). Crosby also reached the 100-point milestone for the fifth time in his career; only Mario Lemieux (10 times) has had more such seasons in Penguins history. On Nov. 29, Crosby became the third player in team history to reach 700 points, doing so in his 497th game, the fastest among active players and sixth-fastest in NHL history. He also became the fourth player in Penguins history to earn multiple Art Ross Trophies, following Lemieux (6), Jaromir Jagr (5) and Evgeni Malkin (2). His 17-point gap over Getzlaf marks the greatest differential for the League’s scoring champion since 1998-99, when Jagr beat out Teemu Selanne by 20 points.
Ovechkin scored 51 goals to capture his second consecutive and add his fourth overall Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy to the ones he earned in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2012-13. Ovechkin became the 11th player in NHL history to record five 50-goal seasons and just the fifth to do so in his first nine campaigns, following Mike Bossy (9 in 9), Wayne Gretzky (8), Guy Lafleur (6) and Brett Hull (5). Ovechkin, who finished 2013-14 ahead of Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry (43) and San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski (41), also registered his third career four-goal game Dec. 10; scored his 400th goal Dec. 20, becoming the sixth-fastest player in NHL history (and seventh-youngest) to achieve the milestone (634 GP). He led the League with 24 power-play goals, a franchise record and the most by any player since Steven Stamkos scored an equal amount in 2009-10. Since entering the NHL at the beginning of the 2005-06 season, Ovechkin leads the League in goals (422), points (814), power-play goals (151) and game-winning goals (69). His average of 0.62 goals per game is tied for third in NHL history (minimum: 350 games played), trailing only Bossy (0.76) and Lemieux (0.75).
Quick saw the most action on a Kings team that allowed a League-low 174 goals, three fewer than the Boston Bruins. He captured his first William M. Jennings Trophy as well as the first in Kings history, compiling a 27-17-4 record with a 2.07 goals-against average, .915 save percentage and six shutouts in 49 appearances. Quick surpassed Rogie Vachon as the winningest goaltender in Kings history when he recorded his 172nd career victory March 22. He also moved within one of Vachon’s franchise record for shutouts when he posted the 31st of his career on April 2. Together with Martin Jones (4) and Ben Scrivens (3), the Kings compiled a League-leading 13 shutouts, a franchise record and the second-most by any team in the past nine seasons (2011-12 Blues: 15).