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Malkin reminds Pens fans to keep it classy, insults Flyers fans in the process

Colton Pankiw   ·   20 janvier 2020
On Sunday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Penguins found themselves down early on home ice 2-0 against the Boston Bruins. It was a tough start to the game in what has been a tough season for goaltender Matt Murray. The Penguins fans were clearly unimpressed with the two-time Stanley Cup winner, as they let out four separate Bronx cheers.

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Murray didn’t have much to say about it after the game, simply answering with a “no comment.” Evgeni Malkin, on the other hand, made it clear that he was very unimpressed with his team’s fans.

“It was stupid,” said Malkin in reference to the four mock cheers throughout the first period. “I’m not understanding our fans. Muzz won two Cups for us. You boo him. Why? If you come to the arena, support our team. All of us. We try. We play so hard this year. We work so hard through injuries. We play good hockey. Maybe not last couple games, not early this game. But we try.

“I understand: You pay money for ticket, you do what you want. But it’s tough to sit on bench and hear that. I don’t like it. We hear that in Philly, not Pittsburgh.”

It is unusual to hear a player call out his home crowd like this, but Malkin is likely one of the few players in the league who has earned the right to do so. As a leader of the team, he is making it extremely clear that the players inside the dressing room do not agree with the fans whatsoever.

In one sense, you can understand where Penguins fans are coming from. Murray has had his struggles this season, with a 2.84 goals against average and just a .900 save percentage. To make matters even worse for Murray, Tristan Jarry has seemingly stolen his net and taken over the starter position for the Pens.

In another sense, you get exactly where Malkin is coming from. Murray busted onto the scenes with the Penguins back in the 2015/16 season where he helped the team capture a Stanley Cup, despite only playing in 13 regular season games. He had an exceptional playoff run and took over the net from Marc-Andre Fleury. The next season, Murray made more history as he and the Penguins won yet another Cup. Due to him only playing 13 regular season games the prior year, Murray was still considered a rookie and is the only NHL goalie ever to win two Stanley Cups as a rookie.

Despite his struggles this season, it should be noted just how much Murray has accomplished for the Penguins. The 25 year old has already won two Stanley Cups. At his young age, it should be expected that he still has ups and downs. Many goalies don’t make their NHL debuts until that age.



Just last year, Jordan Binnington joined the Blues midway through the season, won a Stanley Cup and was a Calder Trophy nominee. Binnington is a year older than Murray. Hopefully Pens fans remember this and can give Murray a bit of a break, as it seems likely that Murray will be one of the leagues elite level goaltenders for quite some time.

Source: Rob Rossi
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