‘Frustrated with myself’ – Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin ‘for sure not’ happy with his play
A day after a brutal turnover of his led to a shorthanded goal and he plummeted to minus-20 for the season, Evgeni Malkin acknowledged that he is not happy with his own play.
“No, no,” the Pittsburgh Penguins star center said. “For sure not. I’m frustrated with myself.”
Malkin remains a point-per-game player with 14 goals and 39 assists in 49 games this season. But Malkin has just seven 5-on-5 goals, with only three since October (39 games).
Just 40 players across the NHL have allowed opponents more even-strength shot attempts when they are on the ice this season than Malkin, and giveaways like the one that punctuated a 6-3 loss to New Jersey on Monday have seemed to creep up all too often.
“It’s a tough, tough period for me but I won’t look back,” Malkin said. “I’ll play the right way next game and do the small things that can help the team. And I know my (standard), I know I am a good player. I just I want my game back. I’m trying in practice and I’m trying in the game. Sometimes I do the wrong play. But it’s a long season and I don’t look back and I’ll be back.”
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at [email protected] or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.