Malkin matches the record
There aren't too many 89-year-old records left in the NHL record book, but Penguins' freshman Evgeni Malkin just tied one with his sixth goal in just his sixth NHL game tonight in Los Angeles.
Heading into tonight's game, the super rookie from Magnitogorsk was on pace for 78 goals and 140 points this season.
UPDATE The Penguins pull this one out in overtime on a four-on-three power play, and — surprise, surprise — it's Mr. Malkin potting the winner.
Including the two goals he managed tonight, Malkin has seven goals and four assists in six games — which, minus the four games he missed to start the year, is a 91-goal, 143-point pace.
UPDATE As an aside: Boy, do the Kings need a break. Coach Marc Crawford and company really are talent poor up front, but this team battled hard against Pittsburgh, throwing 27 shots Marc-Andre Fleury's way and playing a pretty sound game defensively.
You could see the frustration boil over on the overtime winner, when Sergei Gonchar's shot from the point struck defenceman Brent Sopel in the shin pad, plopping right down in front of Malkin who easily sailed it past netminder Dan Cloutier. Sopel splintered his composite into a million pieces, and his fellow former Canuck in goal could only look to the heavens in frustration.
Los Angeles has played 15 games — more than any other NHL team — and managed 11 points, but are second last in goals scored per game. After getting out to a decent 2-1-0 start to the year, the Kings have won just two of their last 12 games.
All that despite being one of the league's best teams (6th) in shots allowed.