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Topic - Evgeni Malkin
Everything you need to know as Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals face off against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.
Sidney Crosby has grown accustomed to getting jeered in opposing arenas. He's sure to get an earful tonight.
Alex Ovechkin remembers the criticism he faced when he got off to a slow start last season. 'I just kept working hard,' he said.
The 42-year-old Bylsma is 201-92-25 in four-plus seasons with Pittsburgh and led the Penguins to the 2009 Stanley Cup. The Michigan native won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL Coach of the Year in 2011.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are keeping hockey's best one-two punch together through their primes and beyond.
A day after signing coach Dan Bylsma to a two-year contract extension, the Penguins and star forward Evgeni Malkin agreed to a deal that will keep the 2012 NHL MVP and franchise cornerstone Sidney Crosby in the fold well into the next decade.
Dan Bylsma couldn't avoid speculation about his status as the Penguins coach in the days following Pittsburgh's four-game pratfall against Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals, even in his own house.
Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask stopped 134 of 136 shots by a team that averaged 4.27 goals a game in its first two playoff series.
With a victory in Game 4 at home Friday night, the 2011 Stanley Cup champions would earn a chance to play for a second title in three years.
Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell will miss the rest of the NHL playoffs with a broken right leg.
Tuukka Rask kept Sidney Crosby and the rest of the NHL's top offense in check once again, stopping 26 shots.
For the first time this postseason, the Penguins find themselves with a bagel next to their name after the Boston Bruins pulled away for a 3-0 victory in Game 1 on Sunday night.
There's a dry erase board in the Pittsburgh Penguins' dressing room coach Dan Bylsma uses to remind his players about where they stand in their bid for a Stanley Cup.
Vokoun is eight wins away as Pittsburgh moves into the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Bruins. He's not riding the pine as Marc-Andre Fleury does the job; the 36-year-old is between the pipes living out the chance he never got with the Capitals.
Easier said than done, of course. No one is going to hand the Caps a top-level player. Can they afford to sign one? Can they put together enough of a package to trade for one, even if it might cost them someone like Braden Holtby? If they can get one, they need to make sure they do it.
When he told them he was staying rather than playing elsewhere in the NHL or entertaining a return to Russia _ where he played during the lockout _ they were fully on board.
"We're still young and can stay here a long time," Malkin said. "We're a group that we've won Stanley Cup before and I believe we will again."