Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is tearing up the NHL these days. He scored three goals and added two assists in an 8-3 victory over Buffalo, then added three assists during Pittsburgh’s 3-2 victory over Chicago.
“He's just a dominating player when he wants the puck,” linemate Chris Kunitz told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Lately Malkin has wanted the puck a lot. He has scored 25 points in his last 14 games, dating back to Nov. 21.
That outburst has moved him to the top of the league scoring list. It also allowed Pittsburgh to move along while superstar Sidney Crosby deals with his career-threatening post-concussion syndrome.
With Sid the Kid out of the picture, Malkin has regained the form that allowed him to score 219 points during a two-game span.
“I'm not thinking about points,” he told the Post-Gazette. “I'm trying to find my game. ... I'm just finding my level and [trying to] continue to do better every game.”