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Ho hum, another five point game for Evgeni Malkin

Jan 15, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

If you’re a Penguins fan and you’ve been worried about not having Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal this year, perhaps you should watch Evgeni Malkin a bit closer.

Malkin put up five points including a natural hat trick in a 6-3 win over the Lightning. Malkin’s first goal came in the third period just 48 seconds after Teddy Purcell scored to tie the game at 3-3. Malkin’s five point game is the second one he’s had this year pulling off the feat in a beat down of the Sabres just last month.

The win for Pittsburgh is their second in a row after ending a six game losing streak. The loss for Tampa Bay made it seven in a row for them as they continue to drop in the East.

The story, however, was all Malkin. Malkin was already near the top of the points leaderboard in the NHL but today’s five point game gives him 51 points on the season and puts him one point behind Henrik Sedin for the league lead.  As long as Malkin continues to put up performances like this, Pens fans won’t be longing too hard to get their injured stars back.

  1. abrienza428 - Jan 15, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    .What was with the cheapshot by Lecavalier on Malkin? I didn’t realize ducking checks was against the rules.

  2. tk1966 - Jan 15, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    What was lost in this is that Malkin could have / should have had a fourth goal awarded – in a clear breakaway with an empty net the his stick was chopped from his hands. If the penalty for slashing is called there, the goal is automatically awarded.

  3. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 15, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    lecavalier is just mad cus malkin is better than him.

  4. andyreidisfat - Jan 15, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Umm yeah considering the pens are 2-6 in their last 8 I don’t think they will be forgetting that 2 of the top players on the team are gone.

    Also let’s not get to high on the malkin bandwagon the guy is the only option they have. Of course he will score more points than other players who may be better such as Sedin or giroux because they don’t get the ice time and also have other players who can put the puck in the net.

    The only chance the pens have is for fleury to get super hot come playoff time

    • hockeyfan1701 - Jan 15, 2012 at 9:23 PM

      You made have heard of James Neal, tied for 2nd with 24 goals this season. Also leading the league in power play goals. But Malkin is their only option right………?????

    • taytay099 - Jan 15, 2012 at 9:24 PM

      They also have James Neal who has 24 goals this season. Malkin and Neal can do some serious damage. Tyler Kennedy scored 20 goals last season so he can always get hot and help the Pens win. They’re not completely out of it.

    • miketoasty - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      So because he is their only option he plays 55 minutes a night?

      Just an FYI, just checked Giroux averages 21:35 of TOI while Malkin averages 21:01. Giroux plays a half minute more per night and has less points than Malkin.

      Also, Malkin has played 37 games to Giroux’s 39.

      Keep swinging.

  5. polegojim - Jan 15, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Ok – let’s play ‘Pens of the Week’

    When the Pens are losing, they’re injury ridden.

    When the Pens are winning, they’re awesome.

    Malkin is great, the Pens are average. Why the kudos ‘roller-coaster’?

  6. lsxphotog - Jan 16, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Pens “fans” are so fickle, it’s comical. There isn’t a single Penguins blog not filled with delusional fandom in the comments section. Always a good laugh in these.

    That being said, maybe Malkin was dodging the hit like a typical Russian, but Vinny believed it was another Nose Face Killer move. They started chattering on the ice and Malkin instigated the retaliation by staying on the ice and looking to draw a call. A call was made after a brief altercation, which worked in Pittsburgh’s favor. That is actually what happened on the ice. To add to the rediculous comments, Vinny also has multiple seasons with more points than Malkin will ever have and blasted him in the faceoff circles, so I’m pretty sure he isn’t “jealous.” But, I guess that’s how you think when you know nothing about hockey and don’t watch any other teams outside of the Penguins.

    Good win by the Pens. They really showed Tampa how its done! ~ sarcasm

    • miketoasty - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      First off we all know that Malkin is terrible at faceoffs (Coming from a huge Malkin/Pens fan) has been since he entered the league, but I didn’t know that it was such an important stat, obviously much more important than points or goals. ~ Sarcasm

      Vinny has only 4 seasons were he scored 75 or more points in his 13 seasons in the NHL. Malkin has the same seasons with more than 75 points (4) in only 5 seasons in the NHL. (Also, Malkin has scored more than 75 points in every season he has played so far in the NHL, except for last year in which he missed 41 games, or in other words half the season).

      Not saying that Vinny is jealous but once both of their careers are over Malkin will by far have the better career.

      Also at this rate if both players retire at age 35, and they both continue on their average points per season (Which will most likely not happen for Vinny as his time on ice is being reduced and also averaging in Malkins half season) Malkin will have 100 more points at the end of his career playing with second line minutes and with much less talent (Not including this year / Neal).

  7. cmonmanzz - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    But Giroux plays on the PK for about 2-3 minutes per game. ..

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