farnham16 wrote:Their careers are so similar yet people get always getting mad at Malkin because he' not exactly like Crosby.
Hate to say it, but for me at all comes back to the fact that one is Russian and the other is Canadian. Sid will be forever immune to long stretches of criticism from the fan base while Malkin will probably never enjoy that. Even though as mentioned before, he has accomplished just as much as Crosby has.
Do you think 98% of people on here even care if someone is American, Canadien, Russian, Slavic, German, etc.? Don Cherry and idiots like that might care, but the penguin fanbase doesn't have an anti-Russian bias.
I can't speak for everyone, but anyone I've ever talked with about Malkin get upset because, even though he has as much, if not more talent than Crosby, he simply doesn't always (ok, near-always, since everyone has an off night) give his fullest effort.
Last night is a PERFECT example. He was largely apathetic for 5/6 of the game, but then he took the game over. How can someone NOT BE frustrated by that? Imagine what kind of production Malkin would have if he played an entire season at that level.
The issue isn't Russian vs. Canadien. It's Malkin-Fanboys vs. Objective Analysis. I'll give you there may be people on the far extreme (1%-ers) that won't give Malkin his due. But most of us that are critical of him are just so frustrated that he can go from so dominant to so mind-bogglingly lazy at the drop of a hat. I've also seen Sid get lazy and apathetic at times (and it can happen when he goes a stretch getting shutdown by a solid opposing D-pairing), but the difference between Sid and Geno is that Sid is 100% effort about 95% of the time, and Geno is 100% effort about 60% to 70% of the time (maybe that's generous, and certainly is generous when you look at this series). If there are a group of people that favor Crosby, it's has to do with WORK ETHIC, shift in and shift out, game in and game out, and that's the bottom line.
Is he the biggest problem in this series? No. Worse than Fleury? No. Worse than Niskanen? Sutter? Most of the d-men? No. That's not the point, and it's not an excuse. This entire team played like **** for 70% of the series, but they are so much more talented than the NYI that they were able to get away with it. Malkin is a top 5 talent in the league (maybe top 2 or even the most talented), so he can get away with being lazy and still put up big numbers. Hell, Lemieux went through stretches where he was exactly the same way, but even at 75%, Mario was so much better than everyone else.
The more the fanboys blindly defend him based on stats like 11 points in 6 games, the more the objective fan will become irrational in pointing out his flaws, just to show that there are two sides to the story.