Penguins leading scorer in this young playoff season, Evgeni Malkin, has gotten a reputation in the NHL. It’s not a good one. It is the same reputation that Sidney Crosby had a few years ago and he’s having a little trouble shaking it.
Every team knows right now that they can throw Malkin off his game by getting in his face. Crosby had these problems at the beginning of his career. Crosby was a hot head for a year or two and eventually was able to battle it off verbally most of the time and eventually learned to use it to his advantage. Seriously how hard is it to say “Ha that’s funny”, “I make 12 Million a year before endorsements and own just about every trophy the NHL has invented, what do you got”
For Malkin it’s a bit of a different story. English being his second language, a battle of verbal linguistics is not his forte. He has no problem coming back physically and that’s what gets him trouble.
Malkin is #2 in penalty minutes this post season among the top 50 scorers.