At the 2008 NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta, Evgeni Malkin could not be persuaded to speak to reporters after picking up a couple of assists -- not by local media members he knew, not by Penguins staff members, not even by then-teammate and friend Sergei Gonchar.

What a difference over the weekend at the 2012 confluence of star power.

Malkin smiled, held court with media members, had fun with his temporary set of teammates. All without hesitation, without coaxing, without a Russian translator.

"I feel awesome," he said a few minutes after the game at Scotiabank Place. He had a goal and an assist Sunday to help Team Zdeno Chara beat Team Daniel Alfredsson, 12-9.