Evgeni Malkin may have missed two consecutive games after leaving practice early last Thursday, but he picked up right where he left off when he returned to action last night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. With the game knotted up at zero with just over 15 minutes left in the second period, “Geno” kicked it into high gear and left poor Fedor Tyutin wondering when he got so slow.
Or when Malkin got so fast.
You can almost see the moment when Malkin recognizes that all of the Blue Jackets are facing the same way as him. That’s when he decides to rock them like a hurricane. Or so it would seem.
We’ve seen things like this from Malkin a lot lately, but that doesn’t make it any less special. Tyutin isn’t a Norris Trophy finalist or anything, but he’s not a half-bad defenseman. He gets caught way off-guard by the charging Malkin, and Jack Johnson doesn’t seem to know what’s happening before it’s too late.
By the time “Geno” makes it to Curtis McElhinney, he was at top speed and there was little that the netminder could do to prevent the goal. Malkin’s tallies have all seemed inevitable lately, and he has points in 10 consecutive games dating back to November 16.