ABOVE: Evgeni Malkin was sharpshooting last night as he scored a hat trick and took the overall scoring lead in the NHL for the playoffs.
ABOVE: Vladimir and Natalia celebrate their son, Evgeni's, success. The couple has attained "rock star" status in the Burgh.
ABOVE: Mother Malkin is now even into face painting her son's #71 on her cheek.
Tyler Kennedy scored an empty-netter to put the cherry on top of the whipped cream in this one and end the scoring at 7-4. Game three will be played on Saturday night in Raleigh and the Pens will see an even more desperate Hurricanes team bolstered by their own very vocal crowd. A loss in game three would create an almost insurmountable hole for them so look for frenetic play in this one.
Detroit also leads their series against Chicago 2-0 with game 3 being played tonight.