The Crosby-Malkin Penguins have won the Stanley Cup twice and are going for No. 3. Malkin won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2009, and Crosby won it last year.

Crosby and Malkin each has won the Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy. Malkin won the Calder Trophy as the top rookie in the NHL in 2006-07. Crosby added the Maurice Richard Trophy this season by leading the League with 44 goals.

“When he’s out there, when he’s going, you want to follow that up,” Crosby said. “I think it gives you confidence as a player when you see someone out there with that capability. I don’t think you put as much pressure on yourself when you go out there knowing that, hey, this guy is capable of changing the game with one play. So you go out there with the thought of make sure you do your job. I think it just gives you confidence.”

The fact is, though, Crosby has received more accolades and recognition than Malkin in their time together. Crosby has been the face of the League and of hockey in Pittsburgh. Crosby was voted as one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian; Malkin was not.

Malkin has, in many ways, played his entire career in Crosby’s shadow.

“I don’t think it gets to him,” Crosby said. “He’s a pretty motivated guy. He’s quietly pretty competitive. If those things drive him a little bit more, I think we’re OK with that. We appreciate what he does. We know he’s a special player and what he’s accomplished is unique. Hopefully, he can take some reward in that.”

He does.

“I feel I’m the guy here too,” Malkin said. “People love me. I come to restaurants, people want to shake hands. It’s fine for me. I signed a big deal here because I feel we can win every year.

“I want to play with Sid a long time.”