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Nearing the conclusion of the 2018-19 season, the Penguins are sitting in third place in the Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh is likely to make another run in the playoffs, thanks, in no small part, to the play of Evgeni Malkin. The six-foot-three Russian, out with an injury since last Saturday, is third on the team in points behind Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel.

FANCY STICK WORK

Malkin, wearing a GoPro helmet cam, makes stick drills look like something out of a video game. He uses smooth hands and extreme technicality to find the net after a dazzling display of stick mastery.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is an ice wizard

Malkin’s stick prowess is nothing short of some serious ice wizardry.

MODEL CITIZEN

Outside the hockey rink, Malkin can be found swimming with big fishes…

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… or enjoying the company of Russian television personality Anna Kasterova and a dead-eyed Santa.

MALKIN MAGIC

Over the course of his NHL career, which began in the 2006-07 season, Malkin has tallied 379 goals and 960 points — making for a lengthy highlight reel. A three-time Stanley Cup champion, “Gino” has played in the NHL All-Star Game seven times.