The Pittsburgh Penguins, who are first place in the Metropolitan Division (due to a tiebreaker), lost to the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Saturday. The loss prevented the Penguins from putting any distance between themselves and the Washington Capitals, who also have 80 standings points.
After the game, Penguins star Evgeni Malkin spoke to reporters about the loss. At the very end of the chat, he was also asked about Alex Ovechkin, his longtime teammate on the Russian national team. who scored his 700th career goal against the New Jersey Devils.
“First, congratulations. We know he’s an amazing player. He never stops. I love his game. He’s like a Russian machine,” Malkin said.
“I hope we talk a little bit after tomorrow maybe after game,” Malkin added. “I’m happy he scored because I know it’s not easy. Keep it going.”
The Capitals and Penguins renew their rivalry at 12 PM, Sunday. Both teams are coming off a loss in the first games of their back-to-back this weekend.
Malkin on Ovechkin scoring 700 goals: "First, congratulations. We know he's an amazing player. He never stops. I love his game. He's like a Russian machine. … I'm happy he scored because I know it's not easy. Keep it going." -SK
— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) February 22, 2020
After today's game, Evgeni Malkin referred to Alex Ovechkin as a "Russian machine."
— Seth Rorabaugh (@SethRorabaugh) February 22, 2020
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