Evgeni Malkin likely owes his goaltender an apology. Maybe two, if we’re being honest.
Near the end of the first period between the Penguins and Capitals, Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray had his mask ripped off his face accidentally by Malkin. The Penguins forward was clearly coming in to clean up around his goaltender’s crease after Murray had made a pretty great save.
Instead, he took the helmet off his own goaltender, then preceded to slash Murray in the face with his stick.
Matt Murray takes Malkin's stick to the face pic.twitter.com/UgW8h0Y5If— Dhiren Mahiban (@dcmahiban) November 17, 2016
To add insult to injury — literally — the entire scuffle resulted in a power play for the Capitals. Even worse? Marc-Andre Fleury had to play the final moments of the period and allowed a goal on the first shot he saw, which gave the Capitals a 3-0 lead after one frame.