Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 6/20/12

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 31: Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on January 31, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. The Kings defeated the Devils 3-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
There's no justifiable argument against Evgeni Malkin winning the Hart Memorial Trophy. During a Pittsburgh Penguins season beset by injuries up and down their lineup and with character role players forming much of the team's depth, Malkin alleviated much of the pressure on others to perform in Crosby's absence by shaking off injuries of his own to appear in 75 games, notching 50 goals and 59 assists. Steven Stamkos, who appeared in all 82 games, was the only skater to finish within 12 points of Malkin's league-high 109. Now ask yourself this question: From the start of the season to when the Stanley Cup was raised on the ice at Staples Center, did any player in the National Hockey League mean more to their team than Jonathan Quick did to the Los Angeles Kings? Obviously playoff statistics and achievements have no merit here. As for regular season statistics, Quick and Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Henrik Lundqvist posted virtually identical numbers: Quick had a 1.95 GAA; Lundq...
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