He also could have been suspended for not tying his jersey down!! (forgot that one)
Did the episode in the last game give you that push to come out and win no matter what?
I don't know, because there was a clash in front of the net and emotions just ran free. We were losing and there was a little bit of anger. I don't think it was that much of a fight there. We were pulled apart quite quickly. If it did give us that push, then it's good because we won.
Were you targeting Zetterberg specifically? I am just asking because you skated around the net to get to him.
I skated around the net because he hit Talbot. They had a two-on-one [fight]. I saw it right away and went up to him. I also saw that he didn't mind fighting as well.
Zetterberg is one of those players who cause your offense the most grief. His play against Sidney Crosby(notes) has been very effective. Maybe he just got in your head?
Well, maybe... It's not like that. I don't fight very well myself. I am not a tough guy. These were just emotions because of the losing. We had a lot of chances but didn't score, hit the post. Of course, Zetterberg is an excellent player both in defense and offensively. He performs all of his duties to 100 percent. He is a nuisance to us.
Were you surprised that you were not suspended after that game?
No, I wasn't, because I saw a lot of other incidents when no penalties were called in the playoffs. We were pulled apart pretty quickly. It wasn't even a fight. It shouldn't have even been a penalty.
And this little gem to look forward to:
How are you getting ready for a possible "meeting" with Datsyuk? Zetterberg will probably carry on covering Crosby. But Datsyuk will probably be taking care of your line.
I hope he won't be ready to 100 percent. Hope he will be limping a little bit and won't be as quick. Maybe it will be possible to play against him and maybe even score. [Malkin joked] Pavel is a very good player, plays well in defense. He will make both their defense and offense stronger.
Wanna read the whole thing? Go here:
Malkin Interview Puck Daddy
Edited by AtomicPunk, 03 June 2009 - 08:14 PM.