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Evgeni Malkin nets hat trick for Russia at Worlds, goes for gold tomorrow

May 19, 2012, 12:28 PM EDT

Lots of people have been proclaiming Evgeni Malkin to be the best player in the world for most of the season. While he couldn’t will the Penguins deeper into the playoffs, he’s doing just fine for Russia at the World Championships.

Malkin netted a hat trick against Finland today to help Russia to a 6-2 win and a spot in the gold medal game tomorrow. Malkin’s three-goal performance is enough to help the rest of the world to take notice of how dominant of a player he’s been this year and his Russian teammates are more than happy to have him on their run for a gold medal. Oh by the way, Alex Ovechkin had a goal as well.

Russia will face either Slovakia or Czech Republic in the championship game tomorrow. Now soak in some crude YouTube highlights of Malkin’s performance today.

  1. skimmer0220 - May 19, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    It helps when you don’t have to go up against a 19 year old Flyer

  2. phillyphan83 - May 19, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    that’s cuz coots doesn’t play for finland

  3. spavs412 - May 19, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Hands down best Russian

  4. vasteelerfan - May 19, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    is Philliys Claudette G playing for anyone now? Give Malkin credit homers as much as you hate to!

    • friedberg7 - May 19, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Giroux doesn’t have time for hockey. He is touring with Nickelback.

  5. capsfan19 - May 19, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Datsyuk > malkin

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      Datsyuk is the by far the best all-around player in the legue, but I honestly don’t know who I’d pick. Malkin showed this year that he can carry a team on his back.

  6. GenoPringles - May 19, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Datsuk is nowhere close to being as good as Geno. He shouldn’t even be on Russia’s top line

  7. hiltonandastoria - May 19, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    No, performing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs does that, being a leader and consistent does that.
    Doing whatever in the world championships means jack.

    • sportsfreak13 - May 19, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      he has won a Stanley cup and was the Conn smythe winner that year and this year he had the most points in the regular season. That seems pretty consistent to me.

      • hiltonandastoria - May 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        You must have been asleep the past 3 years. He’s a petulant child who can disappear for until series since then.

        It’s 2012 out there and I know I’d take Stamkos and Giroux over Jekyl and Hyde Malkin.

      • hiltonandastoria - May 19, 2012 at 3:38 PM


      • hiltonandastoria - May 19, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        Who has taken more bad PIM’s in the playoffs than any Star player.
        Who has disappeared with the best, Joe Thorton Dany Heatley level of disappearances

      • sportsfreak13 - May 19, 2012 at 3:46 PM

        yea its not like giroux disappeared during the devils series..o wait! Hope your not a fan of the pens because its uneducated fans like you who can make a teams fanbase look stupid.

      • redux12 - May 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

        Actually it’s losers like you who have nothing better to do than troll Internet forums that make a fan base look bad. That and biting security guards fingers off at PNC park.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM

        says the man trolling this article. At least our fans don’t go around beating up war veterans.

    • crosberries - May 19, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      Yeah cause he’s never won a playoff MVP or anything like that

      • hiltonandastoria - May 19, 2012 at 3:38 PM

        This is a discussion about NOW
        Not THEN

        Get it?

      • sportsfreak13 - May 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM

        and right NOW he’s led the NHL in regular season in points and is leading the world championships. What are you going to say when he wins the hart holtonandastoria that he couldn’t lead his team to the cup? Were talking about the best player in the world not team. learn to differentiate or follow a different sport so we don’t have to read your moronic comments.

      • crosberries - May 19, 2012 at 6:54 PM

        I believe the players also think he’s the best in the league
        All right I get it (said in a joe dirt voice)

  8. lindroshasalzhiemers - May 19, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    diksyuks washed up give up the dream old man

  9. hockeyfan28 - May 20, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    There’s 5 guys you can make a case for being the world’s best player Datsyuk, Malkin, Crosby, Stamkos, and Giroux. Do to injury risks Crosby and Datsyuk may not be playing in a couple years. That’s leaves you with Stamkos. Malkin, and Giroux the fact that Stamkos is the best goal scorer in hockey but doesn’t do much else places him third. If you where building a franchise around one guy it’s either Giroux or Malkin. It’s a tossup but I’d go with Giroux cause he’s a better player on the defensive end.

  10. blomfeld - May 20, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    “that’s too many to be a raiding party … Lee’s turned, that’s the main body” …

    Unreliable Russians, condescending Canadians or smarmy Swedes … it doesn’t matter one bit ! … we LA Kings fans say “bring ’em on” right now !

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