Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Malkin Coming Alive
This season, Malkin has shown flashes of his talent, but it seemed like he could not get a break. After the first 26 games of the season, he had a total of 22 points, far from what fans expect of him. The Penguins center has been bothered by a sore knee and it may have been affecting his performance. After sitting out four games to let it heal, Malkin has been lighting the lamp quite a bit. After a career high five point performance in the Penguins 6-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday, he has reached 30 points. Therefore, he has recorded eight points in his last three games. Five of those eight points are goals, which puts his goal total at 13, which is 24th in the NHL. Many people have noticed his recent surge, including fans of other teams. While the Penguins fans have been supporting their team for the NHL All-Star Game, Malkin picked up a total of 31,152 votes last week to move past Steven Stamkos for the third position among forwards. His teammates center Sidney Crosby and defenseman Kris Letang are the top two vote getters thus far. Even Max Talbot, who has played on Malkin’s line this season has been voting for him. “Everyday. That’s all I do. Six votes a day I’m allowed to,” Talbot said. While the Penguins fans and players try to get Malkin into the All-Star Game, Malkin hopes his recent surge continues as Pittsburgh is gearing up for a game against the Florida Panthers tonight as well as a date with their rival, the Washington Capitals tomorrow night. The entire hockey world will be watching the highly anticipated Pittsburgh-Washington matchup, which is a perfect time for “Geno” to shine.