Kovacevic: We’re all just children right now


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Evgeni Malkin savors his power-play tip-in. -- DKPS

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Evgeni Malkin is a child.

Let the official ledger of the Stanley Cup Final record for posterity that this immensely accomplished individual, in the immediate aftermath of an exhaustive effort amid the highest-stakes hockey in the world, skated off the SAP Center slush late Monday night right into a rabid, relentlessly noisy pack of Pittsburgh fans hanging over the runway railings who'd been cheering and chanting ... and he essentially joined them.

As a certain local icon is fond of observing, you had to be here to believe it.

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Because this alleged adult of allegedly 29 years not only paused to high-five dozens of hanging hands, not only punched his stick into the air to acknowledge those fans he couldn't reach but also, in a moment that probably ought to be the opening scene of his biopic someday, let out the equivalent of a lengthy primal scream.

"Ya! Ya!" he exclaimed up into the seats. "We gonna do it! Ya!"

There were other random syllables in there, too. Sorry, I couldn't make them all out.

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