Sunday, February 10, 2008

Malkin And The Popcorn

With his parents in town from Russia this weekend, Evgeni Malkin put up 7 points in two games and is now in a position to challenge Alex Ovechkin, Vincent Lecavalier and Daniel Alfredsson for the Art Ross Trophy. Malkin has been just as dominant for his team as Ovechkin has been for the Capitals in the last month.

But Malkin let it slip that he doesn't like playing the Flyers.

"When we play against them, we have problems like people throwing popcorn on our bench," Malkin said. "I don't really like to play against them. ... I don't like that team. It's something that's a little bit extra."

It's interesting that Sidney Crosby is the new face of the franchise (and rightfully so), taking over from Mario Lemieux when in style of play and even physical stature, Malkin more resembles the French superstar. If a guy like Kris Letang fully develops, the Penguins are going to be impossible to stop starting next season.

Teams like Ottawa, Detroit, San Jose and Calgary better hope they win it this year because the Pens are going to take over in a big way.

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