PHILADELPHIA — Evgeni Malkin can't believe his Penguins are done.
He described a first-round loss to the Philadelphia Flyers as “the most” disappointing defeat in his NHL career. That includes a loss in the '08 Cup Final.
Malkin finished with three goals and eight points, but only two goals and half of his points were produced at even strength.
He tallied a career-best 50 goals and 109 points during the regular season — the latter good for his second NHL scoring title. However, this playoff loss will linger, Malkin said Sunday.
He spoke exclusively with Trib Total Media afterward.
TTM: What happened with your production during this series?
EM:It was a tough series. I tried hard. To play against the checking line all the way was hard.
TTM: Did you allow yourself to get too frustrated by the matchup with center Sean Couturier?
EM:No. I tried to play my game. I don't know. It's hard to say now. They did a great job. The Flyers are a great team.
TTM: How long will the aftertaste of this loss last?
EM: Of course I'm thinking about it now. But after a couple of days I will watch (the) tape, look at my games and try to work in the summer to get better again.
TTM:Your team was the favorite, so is losing in the first round acceptable?
EM:Every team has a chance to win, not just Pittsburgh. You see the Rangers are down, too. It's tough to win it every year. And we played against (the Flyers), and they played unbelievable against us all year. ... Defensively, offensively, they did it all against us. I thought maybe with their goalie maybe it would be good for us, but it wasn't.
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