It is not unusual for coaches to shower opponents with praise, but Tampa Bay's Guy Boucher went above and beyond Sunday when talking up Penguins center Evgeni Malkin. And he did it in his second language.

Asked earlier in the day about facing the NHL's leading scorer -- Malkin entered the teams' game at Consol Energy Center with 67 points in 48 games, including 21 points in his previous 13 games -- Boucher made a comparison of the highest order.