In a crowded ballroom of the Westin Hotel, it was difficult for one player to stand out Friday at the two-hour media scramble with members of the NHL All-Star team. Reporters, cameras, sound booms, podiums and sets for TV shows were everywhere.

Anyone who picked out Penguins center Evgeni Malkin to listen to or follow around had a chance to see and hear a confident, gracious, funny guy, who has greatly shed the veil of shyness and a language barrier.

Malkin, 25, who leads the NHL with 58 points in 42 games, did lengthy interviews in English and Russian, a stand-up interview with a Canadian network and a sit-down interview with an offbeat Canadian TV show, in which he played along with some funny bits. He didn't flinch.

This was Malkin unleashed.

He didn't let it be all about him -- "I don't like to talk about myself," he said -- and he said he wasn't feeling pressure despite drawing a considerable amount of attention.