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Watch: Evgeni Malkin scores a beauty against the Minnesota Wild

The season is still young, but it'll be difficult to top the highlight reel goal scored by Evgeni Malkin tonight against the Minnesota Wild.

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Evgeni Malkin, ladies and gentlemen.

What a sweet goal displayed by Malkin, who has factored into all 4 goals the Penguins have scored in the first two periods against the Minnesota Wild. None were prettier than that though, blowing by poor Mikael Granlund.

Also a couple under-the-radar moments made this happen (or, really count, because this would have faded away if Malkin didn't finish it). First, defenseman Adam Clendening makes a great long pass up to Phil Kessel, who feeds Malkin with a pretty basic pass. David Perron isn't a part of the scoring play, but his drive to the net (bringing a defender with him) does a lot to block the view of goalie Devan Dubnyk, who was never able to pick up the short-side shot that Geno ripped at him.

Per Pens historian Bob Grove, this is Malkin's first 4 point game since March 2014 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Malkin's career high is 5 points, which he has done a pretty remarkable 7 times in his career, but none since March 2012.