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Malkin needs to come alive

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ron Cook:

“I know I’m not scoring,” Malkin said, meeting the question head on. “People are a little bit maybe mad ... “

Not yet, they aren’t.

Malkin gets more of a pass in this town than, say, Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who will spend today and Tuesday reading and hearing how he was thoroughly outplayed by Montreal goaltender Jaroslav Halak in the Canadiens’ 3-1 win in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series at Mellon Arena even though his teammates had a couple of bad breakdowns in front of him.

But it will get ugly for Malkin fairly quickly if his scoring drought continues.

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Malkin gets treated very oddly in Pittsburgh, IMO. Sometimes he gets treated unfairly, compared to Sid. They’ll call him out when he’s not up to Sids level, but let Sid have a pass when Geno outperforms him (Like in the SCF). But at other times, Geno gets it pretty easy, like right now when neither he or Sid have performed at all over the last couple games. Like Cook says, for now, he has a pass, but if they don’t show up in game 3,  I think you’ll see everyone, MSM and fans, calling out both for not playing up to their pay scale.

Posted by Kstewy16 on 05/03/10 at 01:01 PM ET

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I agree that Gino does get called out a little more often than Sid, the only thing i can think of would be due to the fact that Sid can get things done when not scoring.  He now takes the big faceoffs, and is as strong in his own end (most nights) as any forward…While Gino seems content on picking his spots.

This doesn’t mean Gino can’t do what Sid does, just that Sid is put in areas and situations that Malkin isn’t (defensive zone faceoffs for example).

Long story short, if Malkin doesn’t score, he’s usually not going to stand out in many games…

Posted by Greg on 05/03/10 at 01:08 PM ET

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Funny how none of the Crosby fan club (sports writers) mention that it was his horrible turnover that put the nail in their coffin. Too funny.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC from New York on 05/03/10 at 01:14 PM ET

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The Habs player knocked his pass out of the air, then shot it at up the ice, hit Letang (or Gonchar’s?) skate, bounced directly to Camalleri for the break away.

Hardly a dead give away, more like a lazy pass that triggered a few other lazy plays.  But nice try…

Posted by Greg on 05/03/10 at 01:20 PM ET

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Ah, you call it a lazy play. I guess that makes it ok. Let me re-phrase…..it was a HORRIBLY LAZY pass. Is that better? Didn’t mean to offend the little one.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC from New York on 05/03/10 at 05:40 PM ET

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