Saturday, May 10, 2008

Malkin defies physics.

The Pittsburgh Penguins continued their dismantling of opponents during game one of the Eastern Conference final against the Philadelphia Flyers mostly thanks to MVP candidate Gino (Evgeni) Malkin (although Captain Crosby and Peter Sykora each contributed goals).

Both of Malkin's goals were absolute rockets that appeared to go physically through goaltender Martin Biron. And maybe they did. The first one was a slapper from the side of the net. And the second one was definitely memorable. Malkin had just been crushed by a check behind the Philadelphia net, the puck was taken up ice into the Penguins zone and Malkin was having a bit of trouble getting going. He managed to drag himself up to the Flyers blueline when the puck came up to him via a beautiful two-line pass and there was no Flyers players in sight (except Biron). Malkin went in on a breakaway with a ton of time to work with, instead of going in for a dangle he stopped in front of the net and blasted a slapshot. And it went in. Ridiculous. I swear it looked like it went directly through Biron. It must have. Those aren't supposed to go in.

"It was really a last-second decision," said Malkin through a translator. "I just decided to shoot that puck as hard as I can. I didn't think about it, where to shoot, and to make any moves. Just as hard as I can"

"If i had his shot i'd probably have done the same thing," Crosby said with a smile in a post game interview. "He was probably pretty tired, whatever works."

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