i know i keep promising that the last one of these was the last one of these, but i got a request, okay. plus, stats are something that basically everyone in the world is confused about, except for the guy from a beautiful mind and people who watch baseball.
(baseball people are all like, “haha, you call those fancy stats?” and we’re all like, “SHUT UP, NERD.”)
ANYWAY. you wanna learn about fancy stats? let’s learn about fancy stats.
…[I]n a home game against the New Jersey Devils, Evgeni Malkin, with his shoulder healed, finally made his NHL debut and scored a goal against the best goaltender in the league. With just more than a minute left in the second period, Malkin attacked from the right wing, working a crafty give-and-go with linemate Mark Recchi.
Recchi took the first shot and Martin Brodeur made the save. But the puck squirted loose and Malkin jumped on it, poking it through Brodeur’s pads and into the net.
The rangy Russian leaped into the air, pumping his fist as Crosby charged over to congratulate him. Pittsburgh lost 2-1, but it was clear that the younger generation had arrived. One of Malkin’s slapshots that night even shattered the Mellon Arena glass."
— Shawna Richer, The Kid: A Season with Sidney Crosby and the New NHL (2006)