It's time to put this Malkin issue in the proper perspective

Updated: June 1, 2008, 8:26 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- The last place you're likely to find perspective is when you're staring down elimination in the Stanley Cup finals.

Everything is finality and doom and hoping against hope.

And if there is one thing that seems to be lacking as these finals slide toward the inevitable, it's perspective when it comes to Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin.

Has any player in recent history taken a greater nosedive from lauded to lambasted in such a short period ...

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