Evgeni Malkin Posts Three Assists in Metallurg Magnitogorsk Victory

By Troy Pfaff

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin posted three assists in the KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk‘s 7-2 victory over Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk on Monday.

The game brought Malkin’s point total to four – all assists – in three games played.

His assist on Nikolai Kulemin‘s goal opened the scoring 2:42 into the first period. Malkin then went on to tally two power play assists, one in both the second and third periods.

Sergei Gonchar was on the ice for all three of Malkin’s points and had the primary assist on the second.

Despite his three assists, Malkin finished the day with a -1 rating and 12 shots on goal. He won 18 of 29 faceoffs for a nice 62.1 FO%.

Magnitogorsk are 3-2-2 on the season, but are 1-0-2 with Malkin in the lineup.

The 26-year-old has two penalty minutes on the season and averages 7.3 shots in 22:01 ice time per game. His four assists on the season rank him 25th among KHLers in that category, though he’s the only player in that group who has played less than 7 games.

Former Penguins forward Cal O’Reilly, who plays for Magnitogorsk as well, has six assists in seven games, good for fifth in the league.

Metallurg’s next game is scheduled for Thursday at 5 PM MSK. That’s 8 AM EST.

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