It's time to put this Malkin issue in the proper perspective
DETROIT -- The last place you're likely to find perspective is when you're staring down elimination in the Stanley Cup finals.
Everything is finality and doom and hoping against hope.
And if there is one thing that seems to be lacking as these finals slide toward the inevitable, it's perspective when it comes to Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin.
Has any player in recent history taken a greater nosedive from lauded to lambasted in such a short period ...
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STANLEY CUP FINALS -- GAME 4
It was Pittsburgh's game to win. Yet, chance after chance, it could not cash in. The result? A 2-1 Wings win that gave them a 3-1 finals lead. Check out our Game 4 coverage:
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READ• Pens squander great chance: It was Pittsburgh's game to win. Yet, chance after chance, it could not cash in. The result? A 2-1 Wings win that will haunt this young Pens squad. Burnside
• Game 4's defining moment: What was the defining moment of Saturday's Game 4? With scoring chances at a premium, Red Wings capitalize in the third period. Notebook
• Conn Smythe Watch: Who are the front-runners for playoff MVP? Here's how things stand after Game 4 of the Cup finals. Story
• The Crosby File: How did Sidney Crosby fare in his fourth Cup finals game? Check out our game-by-game report for the Pens' captain. Story
• Hradek's instant analysis: The Wings' vets again made it look easy in Game 4 with defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and forward Henrik Zetterberg leading the way. Blog
WATCH• Cherry and Melrose: Why isn't Sid playing more?
• Barry Melrose: Game 4 instant analysis
• Henrik Zetterberg on Red Wings' big win