Monday, July 2, 2012
Julylights: July 2nd, Malkin Turns Landeskog Inside Out
Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.
There is very little that Pittsburgh Penguins star, Evgeni Malkin, can not do. Last season, he won the Art Ross Trophy as the league's scoring champion, the Ted Lindsay Award from the NHLPA members as the NHL's best player and won the Hart Trophy pegging him the NHL's most valuable player.
In a season where Malkin lit the lamp 50 times and recorded 109 points these awards are deserved in every way, and when you see how he scored some of his goals it solidifies his star status even more.
Much like this goal scored against the Colorado Avalanche, and I say the Colorado Avalanche because I doubt the whole team could stop Malkin if it came down to it. (Video after the jump)
James Neal has to love his life in this scenario. Malkin does the dirty work on the forecheck, Neal picks up the puck, gives another little drop pass back to Malkin, and Malkin dangles, scores and Neal picks up a point.
Looking at the goal, the finesse is ridiculous. A one-touch tap between the legs of Gabriel Landeskog, and then walking around Semyon Varlamov, and Malkin did it all with ease. You know, I'm not the biggest Penguins fan, but man do I love goals like this.