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Video: Evgeni Malkin goal of the year candidate

Posted on: February 25, 2012 4:02 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2012 4:20 pm
By: Adam Gretz

During the second period of Pittsburgh's 8-1 win against Tampa Bay on Saturday afternoon, Evgeni Malkin collided with goaltender Dwayne Roloson, resulting in the Lightning netminder giving Malkin a punch to the face.

Malkin would eventually get his revenge on the scoreboard by recording his ninth career hat trick, and his second against Tampa Bay this season.

His second goal of the game, which came mid-way through the third period to give Pittsburgh a 6-1 lead, was one of the smoothest, prettiest goals of the year as he took the puck at his own blue line line and skated through the entire Tampa Bay defense before finally beating Roloson.

Brett Clark, No. 7 in white, had a particularly good view of the play as Malkin completely turned him around on his way to the net.

Immediately the play drew comparisons to a goal that Hall of Famer (and Penguins owner) Mario Lemieux scored for the Penguins during the 1991 Stanley Cup finals when he went through the Minnesota North Stars defense in a similar fashion during a Game 2 win.

Pretty similar moves. Of course, Lemieux's goal came on a slightly bigger stage.

Malkin entered Saturday's game against Tampa Bay tied with Steven Stamkos for the league in points with 73, and he managed to re-take sole possession of first place with a four-point effort, also assisting on a Chris Kunitz goal in the first period. Through 54 games Malkin now has 36 goals and 77 points, which is a points per game average of 1.42. The next closest player, as of Saturday afternoon, is Philadelphia's Claude Giroux at 1.25 points per game. Stamkos and Washington's Nicklas Backstrom are the only other players above 1.10.

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Since: Feb 26, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 10:11 am
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Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2012 7:00 am

Video: Evgeni Malkin goal of the year candidate

Malkin's goal was very nice and it did indeed look similar to Mario's goal against the North Stars. But watching Mario's goal just reminds me how gifted he was. That goal in the '91 Finals is just one of dozens of amazing goals scored by Mario in his career. Looking at these feats 20 years later only confirms what I thought back then: MARIO LEMIEUX WAS THE BEST HOCKEY PLAYER EVER !!

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 5:27 am

Video: Evgeni Malkin goal of the year candidate

agree its poor, i think the nhl should go back to the rule where no player should be in the crease when the goal is scored. it created drama and protected goal tenders from idiot players.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 8:45 pm

Video: Evgeni Malkin goal of the year candidate

Drives me crazy when teams push the other teams guys into own goalie, and then throw a hissy fit about it.

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 7:13 pm

Video: Evgeni Malkin goal of the year candidate

He scored a goal a couple of weeks ago that the ole two niner described as Lemieux like too.

Malkin's play this year has been phenomenal. 

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 6:50 pm

Video: Evgeni Malkin goal of the year candidate

First off, first comment. This game was amazing and Malkin really did step it up when Roloson basically pushed him in the face and got what he deserved; and definitely Goal of the Year!!!!

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