Penguins Vs. Rangers: Evgeni Malkin Dominates Third Period Again In 4-1 Win

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 19: Eric Tangradi #25 of the Pittsburgh Penguins fights with Stu Bickel #41 of the New York Rangers during their game on January 19, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

In only makes sense that in Sidney Crosby's absence, the Pittsburgh Penguins' second-most important player fills the void.

Evgeni Malkin continued his hot streak Thursday with a two-goal performance as the Penguins defeated the East-leading New York Rangers 4-1.

Both of Malkin's goal came in the third period as Pittsburgh put the game out of reach. It has been a week full of third period performances for Geno; he had a hat trick in the third period of Sunday's 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. In general, Malkin has seven goals and two assists in his last four games. Since Crosby left the Penguins' lineup on December 5 after experiencing a setback in his return from a concussion, Malkin has 15 goals and 15 assists in 18 games.

With numbers like that, it should come as no surprise that Malkin now leads the NHL with 54 points. I guess you could say that he's Mal-Content.

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