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Malkin isn’t happy with his season, wants to step up

May 1, 2013, 9:55 AM EDT

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Evgeni Malkin scored nine goals and 33 points in 31 games this season. Most players would do almost anything for that level of production, but the 26-year-old Penguins forward isn’t happy.

“I want to show my best game,” Malkin told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “because this year was not great (for) me, but I have a chance to play better.”

Malkin scored 50 goals and 109 points in 75 games last season and won the Hart Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award, and Art Ross Trophy in recognition of his efforts. However, his Penguins ultimately lost their first-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers in six games.

“I think (about it) a lot,” Malkin admitted.

This series against the New York Islanders is a chance at redemption for the Penguins after failing to live up to the hype last season. They’re going into the playoffs with even higher expectations this year after comfortably earning the first seed and adding Jussi Jokinen, Jarome Iginla, Douglas Murray, and Brenden Morrow in separate trades.

Still, even with those additions, Malkin will be one of the key players in this series. He has the potential to be a hero, as he was in the 2009 postseason when the Penguins won the Stanley Cup, and it sounds like he’ll settle for nothing less from himself.

  1. steelpenbucs87 - May 1, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Love to see this competitive fire out of Malkin. If Crosby can’t go it will be on him and other to step up. After last year, the Pens should be looking to get a hot start to serve notice that the team is for real.

    Generally speaking when Malkin decides to turn it on he can be unstoppable, so hopefully this is a sign that he’ll have a big series.

  2. jpelle82 - May 1, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    as long as he is still back checking i say turn him loose…he is a former conn smythe winner you know. malkin in playoffs = beast mode

  3. mclovinhockey - May 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Malkin in my mind has always been the true leader of the pens. Guy is a monster.

    • thirstyhap - May 1, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      I think Malkin is just as good as Sid when he wants to be, but we all know its Sids team

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - May 1, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    #VisibleMalkin better come to play tonight with Sid now out. Hopefully we come out and play a FULL 60 minute game tonight. Fleury had better come to play in this series

  5. modellforprez - May 1, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    he can make up for it all by tearing through the playoffs and gettin us a cup.

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