VIDEO: Evgeni Malkin splits D, scores from near-impossible angle

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Evgeni Malkin may have had a relatively slow start to this postseason, but he’s been a threat every time he’s on the ice it seems of late. He scored his third goal of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ second-round series against the New York Rangers Friday night in Game 5 and it was an awfully pretty one.

Malkin took a pass from Kris Letang in the neutral zone and then he did all the rest. He drew both defenders to him, but somehow was able to squeeze through and get a shot away. Henrik Lundqvist made the initial stop, but the rebound popped right to Malkin. He was too far for a shot, so he spun around and slid the puck past Lundqvist and in from a near impossible angle.

Malkin now has 13 points including six goals in the postseason and is making a pretty convincing argument as a Conn Smythe candidate should the Penguins advance further.

The playoffs are a heck of a lot more fun when the league’s stars are doing things like that. What a goal.

The goal cut the Penguins’ deficit to 2-1 in Game 5, which would clinch the series if the Penguins are able to find a way to win. Unfortunately for Malkin, who was having a tremendous game, the Rangers scored twice more after Malkin's goal to extend their lead to 4-1.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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