Geno Malkin put on a show today that had to have every Penguins fan thinking of Mario Lemieux.
He scored a goal from a ridiculous angle and he scored a goal after stick handling through the entire Tampa Bay lineup.
Sidney Crosby has a lot of work to do if he’s going to re-establish himself as the best player in the world.
It’s not just about Malkin’s numbers.
It’s how he’s getting them. There is not another player on the planet with his size and reach who can handle the puck and shoot the way he can. That’s what set Lemieux apart. He wasn’t just the most skilled player in the league. He was also one of the tallest.
Crosby does things that Malkin can’t do that don’t show up on the scoeboard and he was actually putting up more points per game before he got hurt last season than Malkin is now.
If (and that if gets bigger every day) Crosby comes back and picks up where he left off, the NHL owners might try to convince Gary Bettman that it’s just not fair to let one team have two players who are so much better than everybody else.