One of my fondest memories of the "x-generation" season was the emergence of Ryan Malone as a top notch power center.
My mind still recalls memories of Malone taking the puck straight to the house on numerous occasions and playing with a grit and tenacity that carried him to success as an NHL rookie.
Specifically, those memories include the Ottawa Senators. Ryan Malone deked his way to stardom on the aptly named "Ryan Malone Night" two years ago.
And for some reason or another, the Ottawa Senators again woke up the 2003 Ryan Malone.
What I saw in that game, and again against the Islanders, was the old gritty Malone that put the puck between the legs of defenders and bowled the goaltender over on his way to crashing the net. This Ryan Malone was mysteriously absent over the first 45 games of the year, it's nice to have him back.
If Malone has once again found his nitch, and more importantly, found what makes him successful, it's very important for the Penguins. Malone had a large amount of potential, for one reason or another his confidence was drained out. But the last two games I've seen, Malone has reverted back to old form. Good news for us.
Let's hope it lasts. Also, let's hope that Ryan can take down the Juggernaut from Ottawa tonight.