Since then Nikita Kucherov has kind of distanced himself a little bit in the race and has re-opened an eight-point lead over the rest of the pack, as well as a 10-point lead over Kessel.
On Friday, Kessel was asked about winning the scoring title and if he’s following the race between his teammates Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Kucherov, Johnny Gaudreau, Steven Stamkos, Connor McDavid, and Claude Giroux.
He gave a pretty honest — and awesome — answer.
“I got two Cups,” said Kessel, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Doesn’t really matter.”
That pretty much settles that, doesn’t it?
As of Friday Kessel is tied with Crosby, Malkin, McDavid and Giroux, all of whom have 66 points.
Stamkos is third in the league with 67 points, one point back of Gaudreau with 68 points.
All of them are chasing Kucherov’s 76 points.
The scoring title wasn’t the only thing that prompted Kessel to reference the Penguins’ past two Stanley Cup wins. With the team that traded him to Pittsburgh — the Toronto Maple Leafs — in town for a game on Saturday night Kessel was asked if he still gets fired up to face his former team, to which he responded (via @PensInsideScoop): “I don’t really care anymore. It’s my third year and we’ve won twice. It’s in the past.”