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Penguins Locker Room: Evgeni Malkin Addresses Bad Game

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Sometimes, it seems Evgeni Malkin has two roles within the Pittsburgh Penguins universe. There are days when the galloping Russian center reminds everyone that he is a former Calder Trophy winner, a Conn Smythe winner, and one of the best of his generation, Russian or otherwise.

But now and again, Evgeni Malkin can send Penguins fans running to the liquor cabinet with head-scratching mistakes, bad penalties, or both.

As the Twitterverse heated up on Saturday afternoon, Evgeni Malkin lit the match. He took a silly roughing penalty just a few minutes into the game. Later in the period, he gave New York a power play with a needless tripping penalty. Sandwiched between his trips to the penalty box were a couple of giveaways.

Malkin dished a little to the officials, too.

“I took three penalties, but I’m not surprised. This guy–every game–gives me penalties,” Malkin said. “I’m not surprised. But it’s okay. I understand. I’ll be more disciplined next game.”

And no shots. At all. Zero shots on goal in Game 4, a Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders. The anti-Malkin sentiment, which bubbles to the surface like acne before the Prom, exploded.

It was so relentless that even noted Pittsburgh talker Mark Madden, who is not shy about criticizing athletes, told Pittsburgh Penguins fans to call off the dogs.

 

Evgeni Malkin seemed to acknowledge a premise that Mike Sullivan downplayed in the postgame press conference. PHN specifically asked Sullivan if the Penguins attempted to assert themselves physically, to the point of distraction.

Sullivan firmly said no.

Malkin said it’s not so easy to avoid getting sucked into the silliness after the whistle.

“It’s hard to go away every time. After the whistle, you skate (inaudible), they come to you. It’s playoffs time,” Malkin said. “If they push the goalie or push your partners, you need to be strong. We understand how they play, they’re a physical team, but after the whistle, we need to stay together.”

Evgeni Malkin, postgame:

 

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Frank
Frank
4 months ago

Geno is Geno. At this point the camps both pro/con are set and not budging. OK. One thing for sure . . . he is NEVER changing. He is an easy target to goad into penalties. He picks the most curious times to play a physical game. On the flip he can dominate a game. And he can turn in highlight reel plays. Today he was not a plus to team play. Not many were today. Of course that is going to happen to most players but it CANNOT come from a core player and doubly so from a core… Read more »

Katz
Katz
4 months ago
Reply to  Frank

Geno is Geno. And this is now following a First Round sweep and a loss in the qualifying Round. It’s getting old . Malkin for my money is not resigned and isn’t back. Unless he really steps up and is a difference maker in these playoffs.

Last edited 4 months ago by Katz
Eric
Eric
4 months ago
Reply to  Frank

Physical? Really? One of the softest 200lb players I have seen. Did you see his harted attempted to got off the ice prior to the islanders scoring the second goal.
you r right Gino is Gino, and I hope next year he is wearing a different color uniform.

Kris Francis Peterinelli
Kris Francis Peterinelli
4 months ago
Reply to  Eric

Who the hell is Gino??

crazyhorse87
crazyhorse87
4 months ago

Crosby’s line needs size, he needs a Zohorna size player, like the way the Islanders used their Captain. Malkin and Carter have size on their lines and seem more effective. Turbo’s line has Reese, maybe it’s time to move Kapinen for Rust for a couple of shifts to see if there can be a heartbeat on Crosby’s line. Maybe you can flip/flop if they make it to other series and leave Carter & Turbo’s line as is.

Katz
Katz
4 months ago

Forget blame. Forget post game contrition. It’s all meaningless. What matters is the results. I said all year it’s about the Playoffs. Not the regular season. After the last two playoff embarrassments it really is ‘Show Me’ time. Win at least the First Round. If not, then fidget the talk and the apologies and the rushing out of the locker room without any interviews. Lose this round and all the writings by water carriers with agendas are simply seen for B. S. they are. Do not re sign Malkin , ask him to waive his No Movement. Dasvadaniya. Tribute video… Read more »

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
4 months ago
Reply to  Katz

I’m from Pennsylvania. I understand the ups and downs of playoff hockey.

C Daniel
C Daniel
4 months ago

Noted the specific mention of trash-talking against Sid.

Katz
Katz
4 months ago
Reply to  C Daniel

Wrong

C Daniel
C Daniel
4 months ago
Reply to  Katz

I’m just saying that that’s something Malkin specifically mentioned in the press conference.

jackw
jackw
4 months ago

When even a loser like Madden gets sick and tired of the clueless whining about Malkin, then you know that the drooling stump-sitters have totally overdosed on their nachos and cheese and are spitting all over themselves in a desperate attempt to demonstrate their ignorance.

Katz
Katz
4 months ago
Reply to  jackw

The proof will be in the pudding. I hope Malkin leads this team to victory and I’ll praise him. But if the last two playoff pattern continues that’s 3 strikes.

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