(Sports Network) - Evgeni Malkin's NHL debut was an anticipated one. However, not a whole lot of people out there expected this.
Malkin has scored a goal in each of his first five NHL games, becoming the first player to do so since Boston's Dmitri Kvartalnov in 1992-93. Overall the Russian phenom has nine points (5g, 4a) and the Penguins are 4-1-0 since he joined the lineup on October 18.
On Saturday, Malkin posted a goal and two assists in an 8-2 win at Philadelphia. Sidney Crosby notched his first career hat trick, and Maxime Talbot finished with a pair of goals.
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury posted 31 saves to secure his sixth win of the young campaign.
The Penguins now sit at 6-3-0, which places them second in the Atlantic Division with 12 points -- one behind first-place New Jersey. A season ago Pittsburgh was 0-4-5 through the first nine contests.
While Malkin has been garnering the press clippings, another Penguins rookie has been playing well too. Center Jordan Staal, the second-overall pick in this past June's draft, has four goals and an assist in nine games.