Evgeni Malkin’s toughest loss this season came in Sochi. Failing to win a gold medal in his home country weighed heavily on the Russian star.  A conversation with his captain, who faced similar pressure in the past, helped reignite the former Conn Smythe winner. (x)


Geno on one of his orphanage visits. (x)


Sid and Geno taking about each other in yesterday’s post-games.


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In many ways, Crosby may have been the only player able to help Malkin. The two superstars have grown up together.

Malkin and Crosby both entered the NHL as teenagers and have shared every emotional high and low over the span of their hockey careers together.

The duo won a Stanley Cup championship in 2009, but also suffered painful elimination in the first round in 2012. Crosby and Malkin have won NHL MVPs and scoring titles, while also battling through scoring slumps and long-term injuries.

And through it all, Crosby and Malkin have always had each other.

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The captain saw one of his teammates hurting and he wanted to help Malkin heal the wounds.

“You care about your teammates and you want to see them happy,” Crosby said. “You want to see them having fun out there. So I think that’s the important thing.”

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Geno tells reporters about Sid helping to break his Olympic slump. One of the reporters apparently heads over to Sid. Geno’s marvelous response.