Evgeni Malkin has big day with hat trick in win over Red Wings, receives praise from teammates and coaching staff – CBS Pittsburgh
By: Mike Darnay/KDKA-TV
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It would have been reasonable to think that Evgeni Malkin would have had a slow start to the season after undergoing knee surgery in the offseason, but the results for the Penguins center have been anything but slow.
Malkin has now scored 16 goals in just 30 games so far this season, having added 3 goals to that tally last night with a hat trick against the Red Wings.
From teammates to coaches, Malkin garnered praise after the 11-2 win over Detroit, the first time the Penguins have scored 11 goals in a game since 1993.
“He’s so fun to watch – just an amazing talent. He makes high-end plays every time he has the puck… Even though he’s in a bit of a mess, he still got a hat trick,” Danton Heinen said.
Mike Sullivan on Evgeni Malkin:
“Geno, in my mind, is one of the greatest players of all time. Not just his generation. He’s one of the greatest players of all time.”
— Pens inside the scoop (@PensInsideScoop) March 28, 2022
“Geno, in my mind, is one of the greatest players of all time. Not just his generation. He’s one of the greatest players of all time,” said the Penguins head coach, Mike Sullivan.
The Pens’ 11-2 victory came two days after losing a Metropolitan Division tilt to the New York Rangers by a score of 5-1 on the road.
The team will be looking to build on their momentum when they host Rangers tomorrow night, looking to avenge Friday night’s loss. The puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.