As mentioned in the Gameday, yesterday was "Evgeni Malkin Day," and did it deliver. Now before I get to the recap, lets look at the local tabloids first:
As you can see, the local tabloids were calling for payback after Malkins hit on Blake Wheeler.
As we continue with "Evgeni Malkin Day," Wheeler finally got his revenge. While the Pens were in the offensive zone, Wheeler challenged Malkin to a fight. Now I wouldn't necessarily call this a fight as Malkin looked like he wanted nothing to do with it. Sure Wheeler won, but Malkin didn't do a whole lot during it.
On the ensuing faceoff, another fight broke out. Only this time, it was Tom Sestito against former Penguin enforcer Chris Thorburn. Now this was actually a fight. However, it was also a quote on quote staged fight, which is something the NHL wants to ditch.
Once the brawling was over, goals happened in quick fashion. Thus before you knew it, the score was 2-2.
After the last goal happened, Tom Sestito delivered a clean hit on Jets forward Tobias Enstrom. Now some of you might complain about the hit or me calling it clean, but hear me out.
Enstrom saw Sestito coming, and he turned his back. He knew Sestito was coming. Its not like Sestito can stop mid-stride, but its safe to say that he'll be suspended. Now before The Department of Player Safety mentions it, lets ask the NHL Wheel of Justice if Sestito should be suspended?
Well looks like we have ourselves a "hockey player." *Outrage ensues from Winnipeg*
Winnipeg would score twice more before the period was over, but one of the goals was disallowed due to goalie interference. 3-2 Jets.
During the second, the Pens exploded for four unanswered goalies. Two from Nick Bonino, and one from Justin Schultz and Evgeni Malkin. Malkins goal was rather impressive, as he pulled a move from the NBA, which was spinning his big frame around the Jets defender to score.
As for the rest of the game? The Pens scored again in the third, along with the Jets, but hardly any fireworks. Instead Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey crapped all over the Jets. 7-4 victory.
1st: Shawn Matthias (8); assists; Adam Lowry (10), Ben Chiarot (8)
1st: Nick Bonino (10); assists; Scott Wilson (14)
1st: Nikolaj Ehlers (22); assists; Jacob Trouba (21)
1st: Evgeni Malkin (30); assists; Phil Kessel (39), Brian Dumoulin (12)
1st: Dustin Byfuglien (10); assists; Mark Scheifele (40), Ben Chiarot (9)