Evgeni Malkin returned to the lineup tonight after missing the last seven games with a “lower body injury.” It didn’t appear he missed a beat as he helped contribute to the Pens 4-0 defeat of the Canucks with a goal and an assist. While everyone and their mother in the Burgh was on their toes ready for Sid to tally point #1,000 tonight, Geno, made low-key one of the best plays of the year to set up a Phil Kessel tap in goal.
The man literally hung both defenders and Ryan Miller out to dry with some Le’Veon Bell-esque patience before dishing an easy pass to Phil the Thrill. An absolute work of art. Straight filth as John Buccigross is probably tweeting right now (#CawlidgeHockey). I still have no idea why Malkin was left out of the NHL 100 a few weeks ago. The guy’s a two-time Stanley Cup champ, 2009 Conn Smythe recipient, 2012 MVP, and he’s consistently near the top of the list each year for points scored. He also plays out of his mind every time Sid’s out of the lineup. On top of all of that, he makes plays like this. Just absurdity.