It says something about Evgeni Malkin's hockey talents that he can be the Penguins' top scorer in their first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders, score in all six games, lead the NHL in assists and still feel as if he has to do more for his team.

It says Malkin's talents are extraordinary.

Malkin wasn't kidding when he said he would play better against the Ottawa Senators in Round 2. He was the best player on the Consol Energy Center ice Tuesday night when the Penguins took Game 1, 4-1. He made it six multipoint games out of seven with a goal and an assist. He shares the NHL scoring lead with Boston's David Krejci with 13 points.

You know it's going to be a good night for the Penguins when Malkin's parents, Vladimir and Natalia, get a lot of scoreboard face-time early in the game. So it was Tuesday night when Malkin tapped home a great pass from teammate Chris Kunitz after some strong forechecking by linemate James Neal to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead at 12:15 of the first period. It turned out to be the winning goal.

You should have heard the crowd roar for all of the Malkins.

"He was dominant early," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said of Malkin the prodigy. "The way he was skating, with him holding on to the puck and getting to the net, he's pretty tough to stop when he's going like that."

Malkin was excellent from the first shift. Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson made a nice save on his wrist shot 2 1/2 minutes into the game when the Penguins were on the power play, but Malkin stuck with the play. He ended up getting the primary assist on defenseman Paul Martin's goal at 2:41 of the first period, the first goal of the game.

You could see Malkin was feeling it. He felt it all night. He didn't hesitate to get into a little pushing and shoving with Senators center Kyle Turris in the second period. He gave as good as he received.

But, with Malkin, goals and points always are going to be the measuring stick. His assist and goal are what we have come to expect from him. That can be something of a curse, right?

Sometimes, maybe we expect too much.

It's not easy to score goals in the NHL playoffs. Did you happen to see that Washington's Alex Ovechkin -- like Crosby, a finalist for the NHL's most valuable player award this season -- didn't have a point in the final five games of the Capitals' seven-game, first-round elimination by the New York Rangers?

Malkin was pretty good against the Islanders by comparison, would you not agree?