Evgeni Malkin was named captain of his KHL team in Russia, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, this past Friday after captain Denis Platonov was suspended for two games for shoving a referee in last Wednesday’s matchup against Donbass Donetsk. Platonov was given a 25-minute match penalty and the incident was reviewed by the KHL Disciplinary Committee.
Malkin was also named this week’s “best attacker” (offenseman) by the Kontiental Hockey League (KHL) after notching nine points in his last three games (3 goals, 6 assists). After eight weeks of playing in the KHL (16 games), Malkin has tallied a total of 24 points (7 goals, 17 assists).
The goal featured in the video below, from the KHL’s official YouTube channel, is from a game played against Dynamo Riga last Monday. Metallurg topped Dynamo by a score of 5-2. Malkin earned a goal and three assists in that game. The goalie doesn’t even know what hit him as he obviously loses sight of it for a second, looking back after the puck already hit the back of the net behind him.
While playing for the league in his home country, Malkin continues to prove that he is among the top hockey players in the world–including fellow NHL star and Penguins team mate, Sidney Crosby—and illustrates just how fortunate Pittsburgh is to have two elite players on the team, especially when they’re both healthy and playing at their highest level.
Malkin and Metallurg Magnitogorski play again tomorrow when they face the Severstal Cherepovets, a team from the same division.
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