Penguins-Hurricanes: Evgeni Malkin and Pittsburgh Prove Too Much for Carolina

Tyler KnowlesContributor IMay 22, 2009

PITTSBURGH - MAY 21: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores the hat trick at 12:25 of the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Championship Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Mellon Arena on May 21, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguns defeated the Hurricanes 7-4. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Sitting one and two in the NHL playoff scoring category you will find Pittsburg's two young and rising superstars—Sidney Crosby and Evgini Malkin.

Fresh off a high-scoring 7-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, the Penguins show no signs of letting up just yet. Even though they hold a commanding 2-0 lead in the series, there is still room for improvement.

"We can be better, and we will have to be better," said Penguins forward Bill Guerin

Malkin—who recorded his first career playoff hat trick in last night's victory, on a shot that most can not even comprehend—led the NHL in scoring during the regular season, and is doing the same in the playoffs.

The Hurricanes continue to struggle in finding any answer so far in the series for Malkin.

"I mean, Malkin fought for his space; he never gave up and he was even covered a few times but just kept battling for the puck," said Carolina defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.

Then you have the face of the franchise in Sidney Crosby, who is only leading the NHL in goals scored during the playoffs.

Crosby who recorded a hat trick in the previous series against the Capitals and the game's first goal last night, has lit the lamp 13 times in just 15 playoffs game so far—and believe me, there is more to come.

Despite these two playing above everyone else in the league right now, the Penguins exhibit a very balanced yet explosive offensive attack in Bill Guerin, Rulsan Fedotenko, Maxim Talbot, and Jordan Staal—not to mention the phenomenal work between the pipes of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

In what could be a possible rematch between the Penguins and Red Wings for Lord Stanley's Cup, look for these two superstars to keep us on the edge of our seats with their spectacular play.