There was a time that Evgeni Malkin wasn't very good in the shootout. His success rate was low despite the abundant skills that he shows on the ice during games. There's a reason why fans criticize the shootout, and it's largely because it is unlike the rest of the game. There is no team aspect. It appeared Malkin was just a guy whose skills showed better when working in-game.
Either that or he just needed to expand his skillset. Yea, that's probably it.
The Penguins lost a shootout in Montreal on Tuesday night but it was no fault of Malkin's. The favorite for the Hart Trophy this season, Malkin scored one beauty of a goal in the tie-breaker.
Maybe it's the whole Russian/former USSR connection. Everybody knows they tend to have a bit more flair to their games. Perhaps Geno decided to expand the moves by talking to Belarussian Mikhail Grabovski who has pulled the spin-o-rama off on a couple of occasions in his career with the Leafs. Then again, Jason Blake has pulled the same move a couple of times and, well, he's not from the old East Block.
The success rate of the spin-o-rama seems to be on the high side to me without having an official tracker or anything. It's a wonder more guys don't give it a whirl.