NHL Playoffs 2012: Watch Evgeni Malkin Hit Crosby Hard, Target Couturier's Head

Jason SapunkaCorrespondent IIApril 20, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 20:  Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers makes a save on Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 20, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Evgeni Malkin did not appear on the scorecard in the Pittsburgh Penguins' Game 5 win against the Philadelphia Flyers, but he found a way to make the highlight reels.

The first play occurred late in the first period. The puck was roughly 20 feet into Philadelphia's zone against the boards to Ilya Bryzgalov's left. Matt Read of the Flyers was facing the boards while working for the puck, with Crosby to his left.

Crosby was able to get control of the puck, then stepped away from the boards to play the puck towards the blue line. Malkin, who was skating hard towards the area, collided with Crosby.

Malkin connected with his left shoulder into Crosby's chest, sending him down to the ice.

This could be the first act of Malkin in the heat of competition that would make Flyers fans happy.

Later in the game, at the 17:14 mark of the second period, Malkin picked up an interference penalty on a dangerous hit to Philadelphia's Sean Couturier.

During a rush into the Flyers' zone, Malkin passed the puck left to teammate James Neal. Couturier, to Neal's right, maneuvered for the puck with his stick.

Malkin turned into Couturier from the right, hitting him with the left shoulder and making contact with Couturier's right shoulder and head.

Malkin was called for interference. Couturier continued playing and did not appear injured.

Though the hit to Couturier was questionable because of high contact, at least Malkin hit the right team's player that time.


Jason Sapunka covers the NHL and Philadelphia Flyers. He is available on Twitter for updates, commentary and analysis.