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Malkin moves up - 02-28-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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Evgeni Malkin recorded his ninth career hat trick Saturday against the Lightning.

Considering the level of his play this season, Malkin has a shot at recording the second most hat tricks in franchise history before the playoffs start.

Suffice it to say, No. 1 won't be challenged for a while, if ever.

The Penguins career hat trick leaders:

Player Hat
Tricks
Mario Lemieux 40
Kevin Stevens 11
Jaromir Jagr
9
Evgeni Malkin
9
Rick Kehoe 8
Alex Kovalev 8
Rob Brown 7
Sidney Crosby 7
Mike Bullard 6
Pierre Larouche 4
Lowell MacDonald 4
Joe Mullen 4
Martin Straka 4

(Photo: Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

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