TORONTO — Evgeni Malkin is not one to hold back his feelings, at least on the ice. He led the Pittsburgh Penguins offensive push and was good defensively in the Penguins 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
But there was that tripping call in the first period that may have helped the Penguins as much as any goal they’ve scored.
That first-period tripping call made Malkin angry. It’s not a good idea for opponents (or the referees) to make Malkin angry. You won’t like him when he’s angry.
“The defenseman turned my way. I can’t do anything, you know,” Malkin said. “It’s not a penalty. I was just angry about two penalties in a row, you know? I’m not happy about it. I think it’s a mistake, but I don’t care because we win.”