Should Evgeni Malkin's goal at 18:32 of Thursday's first period have counted, given his foot activity on the puck?

The NHL said yes.

Posted on the NHL's situation room blog shortly after the incident was this explanation: "At 18:32 of the first period in the Jets/Penguins game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Pittsburgh forward James Neal's pass deflected off Evgeni Malkin's left skate and into the net. According to Rule 49.2 'A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal.' Good Goal Pittsburgh."

Rule 49.2 also says: "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net. A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who kicks a puck that deflects into the net off any player, goalkeeper or official"

And: "A puck that is directed into the net by an attacking player's skate shall be a legitimate goal as long as no distinct kicking motion is evident."

The rule also clarifies that a kicked puck cannot be a goal if it deflects off the body of any player and goes in; but that it is a goal if a kicked puck deflects off the stick of any player, except the goalie, and goes in.