PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 31: Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is congratulated by Richard Park #12 of the Pittsburgh Penguins after the Penguins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in a shootout on January 31, 2012 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Note to opposing teams: do not let Evgeni Malkin touch the puck in the third period.
Pittsburgh has won eight games in a row and Malkin has 10 goals during the win streak. Eight of those goals have come in the third period. Not only that, but Malkin has scored the shootout-clinching goal twice.
Tuesday was no different. Malkin's tip-in goal with 6.6 seconds remaining completed a three-goal comeback as the Penguins trailed the Leafs 4-1 with just under 14 minutes left. Steve Sullivan and Joe Vitale started the rally and Malkin finished it.
The Penguins are the NHL's hottest team and Malkin is the hottest player, leading the league with 59 points, 27 of which are goals. Move over, Jerry West. Malkin is the modern "Mr. Clutch."