Originally written on PenguinPoop  |  Last updated 4/4/13

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 20: Center Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck against the St. Louis Blues on October 20, 2009 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
There’s a rather ominous Bible verse in the book of Hosea that warns, “… they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” While I may be guilty of taking this piece of scripture out of context, it sure seems like an apt description for what has been an exhilarating yet tumultuous couple of weeks for Penguins hockey. On the plus side, GM Ray Shero acquired a bevy of high-profile rental players in an effort to return the Stanley Cup to the ‘Burgh. The Pens obliged by ripping off a 15-game winning streak, tied for the second-longest in league history. However, injuries to key players such as Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, and Paul Martin—not to mention a pair of ugly losses—have muddied the waters. Amid the sudden turbulence, one thing is clear. It’s time for the Penguins own whirlwind—Evgeni Malkin—to emerge from a season in the shadows. With Sid nursing a broken jaw, the Pens need No. 71 more than ever before. To say Malkin’s experienced a Jekyll-and-Hyde season would be an ...
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