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Malkin’s Olympic experience sounds pretty lousy

Feb 26, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

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Over at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Rob Rossi’s penned a rather intriguing account of Evgeni Malkin‘s experience at the Sochi Olympics.

Malkin — like many of his Russian teammates — struggled during the Winter Games. He recorded all three of his points in a tournament-0pening win over Slovenia, then went scoreless over the final four games as Russia crashed out in the quarterfinals to Finland.

Rossi’s piece is lengthy, informative and full of anecdotes giving insight into the dysfunction of the Russian team, from questionable player selections to constantly changing strategy to a rift between NHLers and KHLers.

Give it a read here.


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  1. patthehockeyfan - Feb 26, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Thanks again, c9castine. Very interesting article.

    Malkin’s a pro. He’ll get his frustration out of his system by lighting it up for the Pens.

    • elrock7 - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      Malkin is a prima dona, disappears for stretches, rarely does anything defensively.

      • theageofquarrel - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:08 PM

        Yeah, pretty sure you don’t watch him play.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Feb 26, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    All I hope is that Malkin doesn’t have a repeat performance of 2010.

  3. subliminalnoize - Feb 26, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    He should be frustrated about that sorry dive he took at center ice against the Fin’s.

    • garryklam - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      I have no idea why this comment has so many thumbs down.

      It was a sorry dive.

      8 minutes left in an Olympic quarterfinal that you are trailing by two goals.

      Malkin just laid around waiting for a penalty that was never going to be called when he should have been on his feet trying to help his team claw back into a game.

      • subliminalnoize - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        Thank you, it was totally childish and couldn’t believe it was him I saw doing that. I hate the Hen’s but really like Malkin as a player, totally shocked.

      • jrclark1978 - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        Being a Flyers fan, I’ve seen enough to know he’s just another lazy Russian when the going gets tough. All talent no heart, perfect or the penguins system of play.

      • killerpgh - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:51 PM

        Do they always give the Conn Smythe to a player that can’t perform in the “tough” situations? Because Malkin has one of those on his resume.

  4. joey4id - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    He should consider getting his Canadian citizenship to get a tryout with Team Canada. 😊 That’s the only way he’ll get a real shot at Olympic Gold.

  5. bsqesq - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Malkin has a conn smythe trophy and has won the cup, but don’t let that get in the way of your argument.

    • getinthefastlane - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      and two Art Ross trophies

    • getinthefastlane - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      and two Art Ross trophies

    • getinthefastlane - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      and two Art Ross trophies

    • getinthefastlane - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      and two Art Ross trophies

      • bucrightoff - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:40 PM

        Sorry, must have missed it, how many Art Ross trophies has he won?

      • handsofsweed - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:18 PM

        Eight, apparently.

      • apkyletexas - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        Malkin: “Two, but who’s counting”
        Fred Randall: “Apparently you are, my friend.”

  6. flyboystransport - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Funny how players that lose act angry after they lose and not while theyre losing.

    • patthehockeyfan - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      Funny? Not so much.

      To surrender to the emotion and act angry while one is losing takes attention away from one’s game and trying to win. Get angry later.

  7. flyboystransport - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    For someone that has 2 ross trophies and a cup…his interview doesn’t sound like something leader would say. Ovie and kovolchuk at least took blame on theirselves

    • joey4id - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      Yes! Ovi is a great leader because he took the blame. He’s so good a leader that he has 0 cups and 0 gold medals.

    • abizzle03 - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      Do you know what an interview is? Where were the direct quotes from Malkin blaming everyone but himself? Did you read the part that said teammates doubted he would say any of this when he spoke publicly on Wednesday? Wait, wait, let me guess, you’re a flyers fan, right? Never mind, it all makes sense.

      If you watched the Russians, it was clear that they were trying to make a statement with the KHL’ers and Malkin was marginalized as a result. If you were one of the top players in the world and forced to play second fiddle to lesser players as your team embarrassingly and stubbornly flamed out on home soil in the Olympics, I hope you’d be pretty angry too.

  8. flyboystransport - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Pointing fingers isnt being a leader.

  9. patthehockeyfan - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    This isn’t amusing any longer.

    The first article to come out of the Russian loss blamed the coach. Many commenters were remarking about the politics of playing KHL players, and how that was first and foremost on the coaching staff’s minds.

    Ovechkin’s play gets crucified by commenters in another article. Then Ovi apologizes, and he’s crucified even more a second time.

    I found the Malkin article enlightening. While I don’t think he was directly quoted, his analysis of what went wrong with Russia’s team seemed spot on and echoed what most people have been saying and reading.

    Now people are arguing whether someone should or should not have taken the blame, someone is pointing fingers, and no one is a leader.

    Everyone comments to suit his own agenda. Malkin’s analysis sheds light on a situation first hand. Why can’t people just take that at face value?

    • abizzle03 - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      You’re right. It was a dysfunctional team and it started from the top and trickled down. Malkin’s sentiments verify what has been talked about for weeks, since the Russians went belly up. Rather than take it for what it’s worth, people (aka Flyers fans) will try to manipulate it and question his leadership to make themselves feel better.

      I already felt bad for Malkin because of the way these Olympics went down for the Russian team, but after reading that, which validated that he was basically a pawn in their game, I feel worse for him. Anyone who follows Geno knows he loves his country and wanted nothing more than to bring them glory at the Olympics. For whatever reason, and as James Neal pointed out, he never really got the chance. He certainly gave the effort though, you can’t deny that.

  10. rockthered1286 - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    How does Ovechkin not having a gold medal or cup make him less of a leader? Is it because he’s making poor decisions for his team if FA? Or handing out bad contracts? Or hiring bad coaches like Dale Hunter? I mean it is a team sport so I assume if his TEAM cannot win and the above mentioned are all integral parts of winning medals and cups, that must mean he needs to sharpen up his GM and ownership skills. What a loser….

  11. thesublimeylimey - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:38 AM

    The anger should be directed at whoever selected the team, and their insistence to include KHL players. Radulov was pretty impressive, but look at their defensive end. It was awful. How many passes failed to reach their wingers? Lots, that’s how many.

  12. jpelle82 - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    at least we shouldnt have to worry about him jumping ship to the khl any time soon….

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