While his lack of goal scoring and questionable play at the end of regulation in Game 4 against Ottawa have drawn criticism, the fact remains that Evgeni Malkin is quietly having an outstanding postseason.
Sharing the team lead in playoff points (14) with Sidney Crosby, Malkin has performed the role of playmaker during this playoff run and leads the NHL with 11 postseason assists. Considering that his linemates, James Neal and Jarome Iginla, have both struggled offensively and have combined for only seven goals in 10 games, Malkin's numbers should be even better.
Even though he only has three goals thus far in the playoffs, it is not for lack of effort. Through 10 games, Malkin leads the Penguins with 44 shots on goal and has twice registered 10 shots on goal in one game. In Game 6 against the Islanders, Malkin's willingness to take the puck to the net resulted in Paul Martin's game-tying goal and Brooks Orpik's game-winning goal in overtime.
Given his postseason heroics in the past, it is only a matter of time before Evgeni Malkin begins to find the back of the net again. When he does, the Penguins will be even more dominant offensively than they have been at times thus far in the playoffs.