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Video: Malkin gets his 500th point

Mar 11, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

Evgeni Malkin did more than just retake the lead in the NHL’s point race by registering three assists on Sunday, he also surpassed a key career milestone. Malkin got his 500th career point on Matt Niskanen’s first period goal. You can take a look at the play for yourself below.

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As you saw, Boston’s Adam McQuaid was injured on the play. He has an upper body injury and his availability for Tuesday’s game is unknown.

Malkin went onto record points 501 and 502 in his 413rd career game. He’s still no Sidney Crosby, who has 584 points in 420 contests. However, in a franchise that has been home to some legendary players, Malkin is fifth on the team’s all-time points per game list behind just Paul Coffey, Jaromir Jagr, Crosby, and Mario Lemieux.

He also is arguably the biggest reasons why the Pittsburgh Penguins have a 42-21-5 record in a season where Crosby has only played in eight of their first 68 games. He’s got some fierce competition, but there are a lot of reasons to like Malkin’s chances of winning his first Hart Trophy.

  1. sportsfreak13 - Mar 11, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Now that his parents are in town I expect I’m to go on a crazy streak. That plus Crosby coming back will help give him a more favorable match up. Go pens.

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 11, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      *him

    • Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM

      Sid the Kid is done!!!

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 11, 2012 at 10:29 PM

        buffalos chances for their FIRST national championship is what’s done. Ville Leno sweet contract.

      • Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 12, 2012 at 1:18 AM

        It doesn’t change the fact that Sid is done. He knows it.

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 12, 2012 at 8:55 AM

        Yea thats why hes planning on coming back thursday. Did you say the same about lemieux when he had his 2 back surgies or when he had hodgkins. Or did you say the same when miller had his concussion. Apparantly your still dealing with your concusion.

  2. jobotjones - Mar 11, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Man I feel bad for the second line Centers around the league when Crosby comes back…Malkin is going to dookie all over their souls

    • icecoldpens37 - Mar 12, 2012 at 1:32 AM

      Malkin really is starting to look scary, even to Pens fans! He’s done a complete turnaround in the faceoff circle. He’s 8 of 11 in the Shootout this year, when coming into the season, he was around 25% in his career. He’s become much better in the defensive zone (still not the level of Crosby or Staal, however). And, this year, the Pens are Malkin’s team.

      Don’t be surprised if Malkin-Kunitz-Neal are the Pens first line when Sid comes back. That would leave Crosby centering the second line with Dupuis and Staal. Those are two scoring lines that no one in the NHL can match up against right now in the playoffs!

  3. ravenscaps48 - Mar 11, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    I like Malkin, I really do… But he needs to sit at least 1 game and a maximum of 2 for that hit on Boychuk… Completely Unecessary

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 11, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      its the same as the letang nystrom hit. If boychuck doesn’t dip his head there’s no contact to the head and at worst its a minor boarding. Nothing will come from this and rightfully so. Didn’t leave his feet. Didn’t lead with a elbow. Didn’t target the head.

  4. ravenscaps48 - Mar 11, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    But it was the center of his back and he did nothing to avoid it or at the least pull up

  5. sportsfreak13 - Mar 11, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    That’s why its a boarding penalty. I think suspensions will only come from blatant headshots where the head is targeted. That’s my understanding at least from shanahans track record this season.

  6. fleurysteeth - Mar 11, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzyuxmiuXo1r0k2td.gif

  7. ravenscaps48 - Mar 11, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    All I’m saying is, he could’ve prevented that hit. Yes, they’re cracking down on blatant headshots. But this was as much as a headshot because the way his head hit the glass… But. Like I said, I like Malkin, but if Matt Cooke did this, we’d be talking a five game suspension…. Again. I like Malkin. Look at my name, you would never expect to hear me praise Pittsburgh. But you just can’t deny how special he is. I wish a certain someone in Washington had the work ethic that Geno Malkin posesses…. Oh well. For the sake of the game, the NHL needs Ovechkin to turn it around

  8. sportsfreak13 - Mar 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Very good points. I for one think ovechkin will turn it around.

  9. Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 12, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    OK. Let him come back. The next hard head shot he takes could end his career.

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