Evgeni Malkin had the most hilarious thing to say about Sidney Crosby injuring him with slap shot to the knee

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have been the faces of the Pittsburgh Penguins franchise for over a decade, and they’re both still superstars, among the best players in the league. But they’re not just great at playing hockey; they’re both unique personalities outside the rink. They both share a special bond on the ice and are close friends outside it as well.

They usually share a laugh and chirp with each other and always grab the opportunity to hit the other with a verbal cheap shot. It’s always good fun, but last week, nobody in Pittsburgh laughed as Evgeni Malkin got injured in a game against the Florida Panthers.

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 15: Sidney Crosby #87 talks with Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at PPG PAINTS Arena on October 15, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)

And especially since Sidney Crosby was the one accountable for the injury.

Evgeni Malkin had to leave the game as he took a slap shot from Sidney Crosby to the knee. The shot deflected in for the Penguins game-winning goal, but Malkin needed assistance getting off the ice. And many feared he would be out for some time.

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But Evgeni Malkin is already back, and he was in a great mood this weekend. When Malkin met reporters, he joked a lot about how the injury happened and chirped his teammate Crosby hard.

“He say, next time, I shoot harder,” said Malkin with a laugh.
”I mean, I’m lucky it’s Sid’s shot and not like Tanger or Guentz. We know Sid does not shoot so hard.”

Malkin was at least happy that the deflection led to a goal. Maybe it was worth it, despite the pain.

“It’s a goal, I’m so happy. Because if I don’t score, it feels so much worse,” said Malkin.

Evgeni Malkin played Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes and recorded one assist in 20:17 TOI.
It wasn’t enough for Pittsburgh, however, as they lost to the Canes, 3-2.

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