Evgeni Malkin puts on a show in return to lineup for Penguins – [Update News]

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The all-time great players — the best of the best — don’t just produce memorable moments. They do it when others wouldn’t.

Playing for the first time in eight months after ACL surgery while the rest of the league is in full swing doesn’t sound like a recipe for an explosive performance. There is one Evgeni malkin and it was showtime in Southern California Tuesday night.

Malkin, making his season debut, scored two goals, added an assist, was on the ice for all four of the Penguins’ goals and looked an awful lot like, well, Malkin in a 4-1 Penguins victory.

“He was awesome,” goalie Tristan Jarry said.

Jarry wasn’t so bad, either, stopping 25 of Anaheim’s 26 shots, many of them good looks. Jeff Carter, playing on Malkin’s wing, scored the other two Penguins goals.

Malkin, however, was the one who won it.

Jarry saved him by bailing him out after he looked uncoordinated in the first period.

“I was nervous,” Malkin said.

The Malkin of old appeared in the second period. After their second powerplay of the evening, the Penguins appeared disjointed. Kris Letang skated towards right-wing wall and found Malkin by himself at the point.

Malkin whipped up one of his trademark slap shots in no time.