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This spring, all systems go for Geno

Updated: May 22, 2009, 10:29 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- It was about this point in the playoffs last season that Penguins center Evgeni Malkin started to hit the wall. Like the Tin Man after a heavy rain, he started to creak to a halt and came to a virtual standstill in the Stanley Cup finals against Detroit.

This season, the big center has created a virtual vapor trail as his game has become more molten with each playoff game.

Ask the Carolina Hurricanes, who spent the first 10 or 15 minutes after Thursday's ...

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