Penguins staying upbeat as funk threatens postseason hopes (The Associated Press)
- Updated: April 9, 2015
Evgeni Malkin wasn’t exactly making a guarantee as much as he was trying to provide his sagging team with a needed dose of swagger. The 2012 NHL MVP believes the fading Pittsburgh Penguins are headed to the postseason. Just like they have every spring since the Russian forward joined Sidney Crosby in turning the franchise around nearly nine years ago. What better way to wipe out the unsavory aftertaste of an uneven and sometimes bizarre season than packaging wins over the New York Islanders on Friday and Buffalo Sabres on Saturday to head into the playoffs on a high?