Evgeni Malkin was not mincing words following the Pittsburgh Penguins’ latest stinker.
After a 4-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils, Malkin was asked to summarize what is wrong with the club’s offense, and he offered a rather candid response.
“Everything,” he told reporters. “We’re not playing right. We’re not working hard. I know it’s tough right now. We’re mad at each other.”
The Penguins maintain a winning record (10-7-0) despite dropping two straight, but that “success” has been buoyed by strong goaltending, mainly from Marc-Andre Fleury, but also Jeff Zatkoff in his limited playing time.
Malkin rarely speaks to the media, so you know he is frustrated. I think almost everybody expected better for the Penguins… The team is only averaging 2.03 goals per game. You can debate until you’re blue in the face whether or not Malkin’s response was the right way to go about. Personally, I think the Pittsburgh Penguins will be just fine. Considering they still have a winning record… Someone like Malkin calling out the should only spark them. I will be extremely interested in their next contest.
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