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Malkin slashes, then crosschecks Smith from behind into open bench door

This is an extremely dangerous play from the Russian superstar. Ugly stuff in Pittsburgh night.

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In case you missed it last night, Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin went off the deep end again for the second time in a week, this time against Ottawa Senators’ forward Zack Smith.

You may recall that last weekend Malkin was ejected from a game against the Washington Capitals, following a heated exchange with Caps forwards T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Why? Well… watch for yourself:

Malkin clearly flips Oshie’s stick onto the Capitals bench and then skates off. When confronted by Oshie, Malkin begins to throw punches and starts a bit of a scuffle. 

During the exchange with Oshie, which occurred directly in front of the Capitals’ bench, Malkin’s good friend Evgeny Kuznetsov apparently chimed in with some comments that absolutely set Malkin OFF. 

Here’s the entire exchange, starting with Malkin’s stick flip:

Well, last night against the Sens, Geno Malkin was up to his old tricks again.

After having his own stick slashed out of his hands by Smith, Malkin retaliates with a nasty two-handed whack of his own before crosschecking Smith from behind into an open bench door.

Check it out:

Oh man, that could have turned REAL ugly for Smith, Malkin and the Penguins. Just imagine for a moment that Smith goes face first into the open door. Not only would likely need facial reconstruction surgery, but it’s likely that Malkin would be facing a long suspension from the NHL. With the Penguins’ regular season now finally sewn up and with the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs kicking off next week, this would have been an absolute nightmare scenario for the Penguins.

As it turns out, Smith is fine, Malkin served his time and the Penguins would go on to win the game by a score of 4-0. Bullet dodged, Geno.

One thing’s for sure: Malkin sure is fired up heading into the playoffs. And… really that could be a good thing. Facing an angry Malkin in a seven game playoff series is not something that most teams would relish. But, unless the Russian sniper can get his emotions under control, he could end up hurting his team when they need him most. Come on, Geno. Clean it up, you’re better than this.