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Evgeni Malkin against the Senators
While Tomas Vokoun and Sidney Crosby have garnered most of the headlines for the Penguins, Evgeni Malkin has quietly led the way for the Penguins in the postseason.
Coming off of a down year by his standards, Malkin has shown both grit and skill thus far and leads the Penguins with 14 points (three goals and 11 assists) through eight games.
He has showed a physical side in racking up 17 penalty minutes, which is second on the team only to Douglas Murray. Despite the loss of linemate James Neal for two games due to injury, Malkin has excelled in the role of playmaker, and his 11 assists lead all playoff skaters.
With teams likely to focus on Sidney Crosby, who along with linemate Pascal Dupuis and Patrick Sharp of the Blackhawks is tied for the lead in postseason goals with six, expect Malkin to cash in on his opportunities.
If Malkin can continue the inspired play he has shown thus far in the playoffs, it's hard to see how the Ottawa Senators, or any other team, will be able to slow down the march of these Penguins toward the Stanley Cup.