Thursday, November 02, 2006

6 Games, 6 Goals

Evgeni Malkin's the first player to accomplish that remarkable feat in his first six games since... 1917.

Malkin Makes History
The Pittsburgh Penguins knew they had something special when they drafted Evgeni Malkin No. 2 overall in the 2004 NHL Draft. However, they probably didn't count on him to be this good this fast. Malkin's presence has turned the Penguins' fortunes around and created a sense of hope in the franchise that finished dead last in their division last season.

The rookie is also setting records along the way. Malkin scored two incredible goals on Wednesday night against the Kings. The first put him in the history books and the second gave the Penguins a 4-3 overtime win in Los Angeles.

Malkin crushed a loose puck past the Kings' goalie with 2:45 left in the extra period during a power play situation. The goal was the rookie's second of the game and it gave the Penguins their fifth straight win.

Malkin also scored with a wrist-shot past Dan Cloutier in the first period. The goal was significant because Malkin became the first NHL player in 89 years to score a goal in his first six games as a professional. He joined Joe Malone, Newsy Lalonde and Cy Denneny as the only NHL players to score goals in their first six games in the league.
Well, it looks like all the hype about this guy is turning out to be for real. It also appears "Geno's" (his nickname) future is so bright we're all going to have to wear face shields... errr, I mean shades.

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

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