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Malkin can’t wait to score his first KHL goal

Sep 23, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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If this site were called KHL Talk, it’s possible we might go overboard in talking about Evgeni Malkin‘s slow start for Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Instead, we’ll look on curiously from afar.

Malkin tells rsport.ru that the excitement of playing at home has him eager to pot his first goal of the season.

“It’s not worth panicking. I haven’t got into my good form yet,” Malkin said. “The goals will come, the main thing is not to get worried.”

Malkin says he’s playing at about 70 percent right now. Getting in shape for the NHL season is one thing, dropping everything to get to Russia thanks to a lockout is something else entirely.

Keep in mind that while the KHL season is already underway, NHL training camps would be just starting this week with the first preseason game dropping the puck tonight if it wasn’t for that pesky work stoppage.

For Malkin, he’s getting his preseason rust out in actual games. Wonder what the Penguins’ staff would think about doing that under normal conditions.

  1. trick9 - Sep 23, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Seems like excuses to me. Comparing to other star players, Rick Nash, Joe Thornton and Alex Ovechkin have all started well despite not having proper pre-season either. Maybe Malkin has been out partying bit too much and is entirely out of shape?

  2. killerpgh - Sep 23, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Maybe. But who cares. It’s the KHL. I hope it’s him out partying and not him having a knee injury after getting hit low in his first game.

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