Fedorov senior shares my opinion, without Ovechkin Crosby won't have an edge in his play.
Igor Larin of Sport-Express interviews Sergei Fedorov's Dad, May 22, 2009:
Breaking news of the day: Evgeny Malkin's hat-trick in game 2 of the Pittsburgh - Carolina series. Now our forward has 4 out 10 total Penguins' goals and 25 points, he surpassed his partner, Sidney Crosby (24). What happened last night in Pittsburgh?
As one remember, before the start of the series you could hear people wail "Crosby, Crosby" from every single corner. Seems like it impressed everyone how he played against Ovechkin, which is probably the strongest stimuli for him.
Canadian Crosby is a really good, exciting hockey player, but I've always responded to those wails, "Guys, the number one in Pittsburgh is Malkin!" He is stronger, bigger and better as a center forward, as a puck distributor, even as a physical force. It seems that Carolina didn't share my opinion at first. They were seriously prepared for a Canadian: I see that against him at every shift change they've put special people.
However Carolina doesn't have Ovechkin and this is where Crosby got bored.
The attention to Malkin was on a back burner for which the Hurricanes paid.
Is any intrigue in these series gone?
Frankly I like Carolina. A very mobile, aggressive, vertical team. If I am not mistaken, three years ago in the second round they had already ceded 0-2, but then won four games and then eventually they won a Stanley Cup. Therefore, Malkin & Co. have to be very careful and consider the following two games in Raleigh very seriously.
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