Malkin collected a hat trick of assists (two on the power play) and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's series-ending Game 5 win over Columbus. That runs his series total to 11 points (two goals and nine assists), as Malkin's apparently been energized by his pre-postseason injury absence. We all know the kind of scorer he can be when healthy, and he looks quite healthy right now. Ride him and enjoy in all playoff formats.
Malkin dished out helpers at even strength and shorthanded in Tuesday's 5-4 Game 4 loss to Columbus. Both of Malkin's assists came on goals that drew his team within one, including a shorthanded helper to Jake Guentzel for the game's final tally with 28 seconds to play. He has gotten on the scoresheet in every playoff game so far, with two goals and six assists in all.
Malkin scored one goal and assisted on two others in a 5-4 first-round, overtime playoff win over Columbus on Sunday. Despite missing the final three weeks of the regular season, Malkin has two goals and four assists in three games against the Blue Jackets. He won 10 of 16 faceoffs (62.5 percent) Sunday, a number which represents his fourth-highest mark of 2016-17. Malkin's line of Bryan Rust and Phil Kessel has given Pittsburgh a boost and prevented the Blue Jackets from loading up against Sidney Crosby and his line of Jake Guentzel and Conor Sheary.
Malkin found twine in Friday's Game 2 win over the Blue Jackets. Malkin took a feed from Sidney Crosby and snuck in the puck from a protractor-measured angle adjacent to the goal stripe. Best of all, Geno skated for 16:42 and doesn't seem bothered by the shoulder injury that kept him out of several games at the tail end of the regular season.
Malkin (shoulder) posted two assists with a plus-1 rating, two blocked shots and a hit in Wednesday's Game 1 victory against the Blue Jackets. Those stats are a great sign that Malkin is confident about his shoulder. While he was worried about "finding his legs," he certainly looked good in his return. He moved past Jaromir Jagr and into third place in playoff assists (83) on the franchise list, trailing only Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux. You can start Malkin without concern heading into Game 2 against the Blue Jackets on Friday.
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