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Round 3
Stanley Cup Final

Rise of the Two-Headed Monster

Tuesday, 12.02.2008 / 10:29 AM / News

By Sam Kasan - PittsburghPenguins.com

No one can dispute that Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby are two awe-inspiring hockey players. They've played lights out this season in leading the Penguins to the third-best record in the Eastern Conference, including a 9-2-1 mark in November.

"They do stuff on the ice that I can’t teach," head coach Michel Therrien joked. "They play the right way. They have the ability to make fantastic plays. But what is important - and they understand - is that they have to play the right way, the way that our team wants to play to get success. That's the thing that amazes me with those guys."

The duo ranks 1-2 in the National Hockey League scoring race and both recently received additional honors – Crosby as the player of the week and Malkin as a player of the month for November.

But with all the accolades and accomplishments the two are still missing something – a catchy nickname.

"That's for you guys to decide," Crosby said. "I've never made a nickname for myself. I'm not going to start now. I'm sure whatever they come up with is fine."

The team's broadcast tandem of Paul Steigerwald, play-by-play, and Bob Errey, color analyst, coined the term "two-headed monster," a polycephalic reference straight from the pages of Homer. Malkin gave the moniker his approval.

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Quote of the Day

That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3