PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin isn’t done. The 33-year-old Penguins all-world center had a down year last season and vowed he would prove his value. Malkin has done that and is now carrying the Penguins in captain Sidney Crosby’s injury absence. Wednesday night, Malkin had five points, including two goals as the Penguins beat the Vancouver Canucks 8-6.
The Penguins trailed 4-2 in the third period before they rode a tidal wave of momentum and scored three goals in four minutes, and six goals in the third period.
“I understand, it’s my time. I’m trying to do my best,” Malkin said.
Malkin now has 19 points, including six goals in just 14 games this season. He missed most of the first five weeks of the season after suffering an injury in the second game of the season. Malkin has clicked with Jake Guentzel, who also had four points (2g, 2a) on Wednesday night.
Our Shelly Anderson has already done the investigative reporting to see which Penguins center will get custody of Guentzel when Crosby returns, presumably in January.
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