He scored a great goal. Dished a great assist.
But he also committed a backbreaking turnover, took two lazy penalties and morphed into a poor loser via his involvement in a free-for-all at game’s end.
Will the real Evgeni Malkin please stand up?
You’re not a superstar some of the time. You’re not elite some of the time. It’s all of the time, or none of the time. Consistency = true greatness.
Geno Nation never sees him as he really is. They burnish his accomplishments, then deflect blame elsewhere when Malkin’s low points are discussed.
The goal? The assist? An $8.7-million player is supposed to do that.
The mistakes? The stupidity? The petulance? INEXCUSABLE.
Sidney Crosby isn’t perfect. BUT HE DOESN’T BLOW GAMES. He plays and leads with a level of maturity that is totally foreign to Malkin.
Malkin’s idiocy undid all his excellence last night. Made it meaningless.
Malkin needs to get his head out of his borscht. If he doesn’t, and the Penguins lose this series, it’s time to start wondering if trading Malkin would be the best thing for all parties. Because this isn’t working.