Evgeni Malkin will have a hearing with the NHL on Tuesday over his incident with Michael Raffl that resulted in a match penalty.
Malkin was bothered by Raffl giving him a cross check and punch in the back of the head during the third period of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. In response, Malkin whipped his stick behind him towards Raffl’s head.
Malkin received a match penalty, which put Philly on the power play for the final five minutes of the game.
“I’m not trying to like hit his face,” Malkin said after the game, via NHL.com. “I know I’m not playing smart then, like five minutes left. … I know it gives them five-minute power play, but it’s my fault for sure. Play smart next time.”
The league’s player safety department announced that Malkin would have a hearing over the play.
Malkin, who just returned from a five-game absence, has never been suspended during his NHL career. He also had a controversial hit in November. We will see whether he gets disciplined this time.
Two of the best players in the league dropped gloves on Wednesday night for a shocking fight.
During the third period between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins, Evgeni Malkin and Steven Stamkos got annoyed with each other and fought. Malkin got Stamkos with his stick, and then Stamkos retaliated with a cross-check. The two ended up fighting briefly before being broken up:
Just how rare was the fight? According to Hockey Fights, that was Stamkos’ fifth fight and Malkin’s ninth.
Teammate Kris Letang said that Malkin is good for one fight a year, and that was it.
Stamkos didn’t think much of the fight either, saying it was the product of them trading slashes and being annoyed with each other.
There has been some debate over the hit by Evgeni Malkin on TJ Oshie during Wednesday night’s Washington Capitals-Pittsburgh Penguins game, but there’s no doubt about where Todd Reirden stands on it.
The Washington Capitals head coach stated clearly after his team’s 2-1 win that Malkin’s hit on Oshie is the kind the league is trying to get rid of it.
Reirden also alluded to Tom Wilson, who is suspended 20 games for a preseason hit against the Blues.
Oshie, who scored the winning goal, said he didn’t care what happened to Malkin.
Regardless of how Oshie feels, there are others within the Caps who would like to see some punishment for Malkin.
Evgeni Malkin was ejected from Wednesday night’s Pittsburgh Penguins-Washington Capitals game for a controversial hit on TJ Oshie.
Malkin nailed Oshie with a chicken wing to the head in the third period.
Oshie left the ice and went into the locker room while play was ongoing for the second time in the evening. Malkin received a 5-minute major for his illegal check and game misconduct and was ejected. Patric Hornqvist served the penalty for Pittsburgh.
There were questions about whether the ejection was deserved. Some wondered whether Malkin was bracing for contact from Oshie.
Others felt right away that the play was dirty.
Oshie was able to return to the ice and even conducted a postgame interview following the Caps’ 2-1 win.
“Right away you’re nervous. I’d say about 20 minutes later everything settles down a little bit. Obviously had to get stitches, but the eye itself was feeling better,” Oshie told NBC Sports after the game.
Oshie had the tie-breaking goal in the third period for the Caps.
Evgeni Malkin was credited with a goal in Game 4 of the Pittsburgh Penguins-Washington Capitals Eastern Conference semifinals series after a review by the officials.
The Penguins were on a power play with two and a half minutes remaining in the second period when Malkin tried to push across a rebound off his own miss against Braden Holtby. It was unclear whether the puck made it into the goal, so the officials reviewed the play. They decided that Malkin had scored.
This photo shows the puck crossing the line into the net, leaving no doubt.
Here’s a video replay:
Malkin’s goal gave the Pens a 2-1 lead in the game, around five minutes after TJ Oshie had tied things up for the Caps. Washington entered the game with a 2-1 series lead.
The Washington Capitals may have won the Presidents’ Trophy for the second consecutive year, but that meant nothing earlier this week when they were ousted in yet another Game 7.
For Alex Ovechkin, it was just another bitter moment in a long history of bitter moments. He has never advanced past the second-round series during his tenure, going 0-7 over that span.
But Ovechkin’s latest misfortune was good news for the Pittsburgh Penguins and frenemy Evgeni Malkin, who took Game 7 by a score of 2-0 and moved onto the Eastern Conference Finals where they’re currently playing the Ottawa Senators.
Adding some salt to the wounds, Malkin found a little joy in a less than jovial photo of Ovechkin that was posted on Instagram following the Game 7 loss.
Ovechkin is probably not going to see the humor in the photo, the caption or Malkin’s like, but for anyone who finds Ovechkin grating, they certainly will.
Justin Williams took out some anger on the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night, specifically against Evgeni Malkin.
The Washington Capitals winger got a 2-minute penalty for roughing when he pulled off a wrestling takedown on Malkin late in the second period of the game between the teams:
Earlier in the game, Williams needed an official to hold him back:
Malkin had a goal and an assist at the time Williams went after him.