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Bad Habit: Lapses in Composure
While his competitive fire makes him tough to play against, Evgeni Malkin's inability to—at times—control his emotions have allowed teams to knock him off his game.
When faced with bad luck, bad play or bad calls, Malkin's focus seems to be on dropping his gloves rather than elevating his game, as was the case in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Boston Bruins.
With the Penguins struggling, Malkin chose to square off against Patrice Bergeron and spent the start of the third period in the penalty box instead of on the ice where he was needed.