Breakdown: Game 18 – Penguins 4, Wild 3

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By: @chetstead

Evgeni Malkin had some strong words about his team after the loss to the Devils.

Last night, he let his play do the talking. Malkin had a four-point night against the Wild, putting the team on his back in the process.

Of course, it was another nationally televised game, and thus blacked out on GameCenter. So here’s another abbreviated recap:

  • David Perron opened up the scoring just over a minute into the game. Malkin sets it up with an across-the-crease pass.

[Goal 1] Perron (Malkin, Letang)

  • Olli Maatta was checked from behind by Nino Niederreiter right into the Wild’s open bench door. Maatta went to the hospital on a stretcher. Early reports said the Penguins feared internal injuries, but the most recent news is that Maatta will miss three to four weeks with an undisclosed upper body injury. Several other dirty plays by the Wild in this game, but the Penguins benefited from some calls as well.
  • Bennett scored a powerplay goal near the end of the first period. Malkin with the assist from the right wall.

[Goal 2] Bennett (Malkin, Hornqvist)

  • Malkin’s first goal of the night was a slapper from above the circle. Dubnyk way out of position after falling down and rolling the wrong way when he got back up. It was reviewed for possible goalie interference, but the goal stood.

[Goal 3]  Malkin (Letang)

  • Malkin got his second goal with a beautiful, beautiful stick drag that Dubnyk was still thinking about when Malkin took the shot.

[Goal 4] Malkin (Kessel, Clendening)

Certainly a good bounceback game. Lots more to work on, but the Pens got two powerplay goals, which is progress.