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Evgeni Malkin: From Russia with Love

Published by on June 6, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

The Pittsburgh Penguins proved they were for real last season, but the 2008 Stanley Cup Final proved Evgeni Malkin was only human.

After amassing 47 goals and 106 points in the 2007-08 regular season, Malkin was held scoreless in the first four games of the 2008 Cup Final, as the Penguins fell to a 3-1 deficit in games.

When he finally scored his only goal of the series in Game six, it was too late for the Penguins to comeback against the Ford-tough Red Wings, who hoisted their fourth Cup since 1997.

To traditional hockey fans, it was just another shining example of a Russian superstar fading in the spotlight; but, to the Penguins and Malkin, it was simply a lesson learned.

Malkin came back this ...

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