Evgeni Malkin is one of the premier talents in the NHL.

Most of the time, anyway.

Motivate him more than usual, however -- by, say, pouncing on him when he's lying on the ice -- and there's a pretty good chance he'll find a way to elevate his game.

A lot.

The way he did in the Penguins' 8-1 victory against Tampa Bay Saturday afternoon at Consol Energy Center.

When Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson jumped on Malkin in front of the Tampa Bay net and appeared to punch him in the face at 8:23 of the second period, Malkin had managed a single assist in half a game.

By the time the third period ended, Malkin had rung up his ninth career hat trick, despite being officially credited with just 13 minutes, 29 seconds of ice time.