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If history is any guide, Penguins fans should be very worried that Evgeni Malkin will be slow to acclimate himself to the NHL after the Olympics are over.
After winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL's postseason MVP and leading the Pens to the Stanley Cup in 2009, Malkin was named to Team Russia for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Despite leading the Russian team in points with three goals and three assists in four games, Malkin struggled when he returned to the NHL and managed just five points in the entire month of March.
In 2012, after the Pens were eliminated from the postseason, Malkin again returned to international hockey and took part in the IIHF World Championship where he was named MVP, led all players with 19 points and led Team Russia to a gold medal.
After remaining in Russia to play in the KHL during the NHL lockout, Malkin would once again struggle in his return to the NHL and would total just nine goals in the 2013-14 season.
Having scored five goals already in January, his biggest single output in any month this season, Malkin seems to be returning to his MVP form.
Hopefully, unlike previous years, a return to international hockey won't slow him down.