Evgeni Malkin is really good at hockey. Saturday's game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning provided us the latest example in a long list of really fantastic examples of that fact.
The 1-3-1 trap Guy Boucher implemented in Tampa Bay last season has caused fits for some teams, most notably the Philadelphia Flyers, who simply refused to attack the Lightning defense in a game earlier this season. Perhaps they should take a cue from Malkin here.
Malkin uses blistering speed to get past the "1," but was still forced to one side of the ice by Trevor Smith here. That's the goal of the 1-3-1: The first guy forces you to the outside, where you get trapped in a corner by two defenders before hitting the blue line. But with Chris Kunitz tying up Adam Hall in the neutral zone, Malkin's able to keep up his speed while cutting to the middle and hitting that blue line.
The rest is just magic. He beats two defending players plus Dwayne Roloson all on his own (What was No. 2, Eric Brewer, trying to do exactly, anyway? Nothing at all?) and conjured up images of Mario Lemieux in the process.