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Malkin (concussion) hasn’t had symptoms since weekend

Mar 1, 2013, 8:03 AM EDT

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So far, so good for Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin‘s recovery from a concussion.

The reigning Hart Trophy winner was on the ice for the second straight day on Thursday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

He also took to Twitter to share a video of him launching a puck into a bucket from the other end of the ice.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma added that Malkin hasn’t experienced symptoms since the weekend.

The 26-year-old has missed the Pittsburgh Penguins last three games and still has some hurdles he needs to overcome before the Penguins can think about putting him back into the lineup.

Malkin can’t participate in contact drills until he gets medical clearance and he’ll need to pass a baseline test before he’s eligible to play.

  1. erbaker67 - Mar 1, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Hope he gets back soon. Penguins cant afford to keep playing like they are.

  2. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 1, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Well, skating and shooting is more than the rest of the team is doing right now. Still, can’t rush to get him back in…luckily the rest of the ATL is keeping the Pens in good shape.

    • erbaker67 - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      They are too cute with the puck. Even when Malkin was there, they were. Everyone is always looking for the trailer on the rush, eventually teams adjust. I cant remember the last time they didnt shoot it and go for the rebound on a 3 on 2. Everytime they try the cross ice pass its getting deflected and going the other way. The PP is just awful right now. Last nights game was so difficult to watch, they look like they are disinterested in the game. They need to up their game.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        I agree…the “no look” pass has connected about 10% of the time this year…Bylsma needs to start issuing beatings for anyone attempting it. And the cross-ice attempts need to stop…the power play was embarassing…any reason we’ve got three men lined up along the blue line and are happy playing catch until we eventually give the puck away? The official Giveaway stat for the Pens last night was 5…but that is WAYYYYY off. I counted more than 5 in the second period.

        All in all, they look like they just don’t care as much as the teams they’ve been playing. The potentially troubling thing is they went through this once before…then said they’d simplify things, and did…then they started winning again…now we’re back to this crap?

      • f2maestro - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        I agree the PP was awful last night, but before last night the PP had a goal in each of the last 7 games. I also agree they are playing entirely too cute with the puck. They’re always looking for that perfect goal that ESPN would highlight in their top10 plays of the week. There’s so much shooting talent on that first PP line that they’re really doing a diservice by not shooting. Letang has a bomb, Martin showed us in FLA that he can shoot more than creampuffs when he wants to. Crosby and Neal both have sick wrist shots. For anyone who watches Penguins games on a regular basis, it’s all tooooooo obvious. You can’t score if you don’t shoot.

        SHOOT THE PUCK!

      • jpelle82 - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        except for the time crosby hit kunitz last night for a goal on a 3 on 2 while he was across the ice sitting in a trasiling soft spot in the coverage…neal drove the net hard so thats why it worked though. i will agree crosby tries it way too many times per game and its a low percentage that that pass gets through but when it works its a goal. i think the pens have it in their heads that they can do whatever they want out there as if they were scrimmaging a scout team. it was just a matter of time before the pp let them down and no one played d last night except #44.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        f2 – i was getting sick of watching crosby shoot that no angle short side shot from the goal line twice a game and missing the net – until it worked finally for a goal against tampa. guys like 48 and 16 dont have a problem shooting every chance they get, if more skilled shooters like crosby, malkin, and neal would do the same, more goals would go in – i get it. seems like there is a lack of coaching there almost, i get the vibe that bylsma just kinda lets crosby and neal and malkin do whatever they want when they’re out there. bylsma needs to put his big boy pants on and start assuming some sort of commanding role instead of the buddy buddy role he seems to be in now.

      • erbaker67 - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        Jpele, I did forget about that but you are right. That play doesnt work without Neal going to the net. Hell of a shot though.

        I am curious to know why Letang isnt used in more of a PP role. I know Martin has been playing extremely well but Letang has a great shot why not line him up like the Hurricanes did with Semin and the Caps do with Ovechkin.. Eventually he will be open and if not, others will be.

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        The thought that bylsma is a buddy buddy coach and is not tough on his players is a gross exaggeration by most pens fans. During the timeout last night bylsma was yelling at them for their poor attention to detail. In Florida game after the second period Paul Martin said the coaching staff was laying into the players for taking to many penalties. Just because they show just the good conversations the coaches have with players during the pens behind the scenes stuff doesn’t mean the tough conversations don’t happen.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        i have 3 kids, consistency is the thing. if i scream and yell once after something bad happens how far will that go? were they even listening or is this oh dad is yelling again, lemme just wait til he is done and go back to what i was doing. if you’re not leading them in the right direction consistently and repetitively they will become complacent in getting away with stuff. you cant be their buddy one moment and the disciplinarian the next. i’m not saying bylsma is a bad coach or that i want him gone, i’m saying maybe he has been enamored with the raw skill he has and maybe he has allowed them to have too much liberty, they need to be reigned in and held accountable for their sloppy play.
        -barker- if they moved letang to malkins normal spot on the pp i think they would have had more success – only issue is letang is a right handed shot, but crosby being there isnt working either

      • jpelle82 - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        maybe they need a come to Jesus meeting more often instead of mustache man contests. practicing the shootout doesnt help when you have had only one ot game all season. im all for a loose locker room and when you have a guy like fleury or dupuis in your locker room its hard to be serious all the time but when you’re losing games you should win like the last 2 – you gotta shake it up a little

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        I agree with most of that statement jpelle i just can’t stand the pens fans who when we are losing blame it all on the coach and when were winning only praise the players. The fact of the matter is were first in our division right now and 13-8. We need less turnovers and defensive breakdowns and our discipline has to get better. Some of that the coach can fix and some of that the players need to take responsibility for.

  3. bgrillz - Mar 1, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    The line juggling and the PP has looked awful since he went out. I think they should have left the wings alone, and just plugged in a center on line 2. This swapping Neal to Crosby’s line, while dropping Dupuis to the 2nd line is stupid. They look terrible and listless out there, vs two, mediocre at best teams. It’s also no excuse for the defense standing around either. They hung Fleury out to dry last night.

    • f2maestro - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      I’m suprised there wasn’t more effort and emotion last night given the story lines going into the game. The Penguins were acting like they won before they even dropped the puck. That kind of attitude along will lose you games.

      BTW. I’m suprised (dripping with sarcasm) that there isn’t more talk about Cooke getting tripped/shoved and sent head first into the boards after the period’s end. That looked rough.

      • erbaker67 - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        I agree, when it happened on NHL network they immediately went to the stats from the 1st period. There was a penalty called but that looked harsh. Not sure if it was a push more than Cooke losing his balance. I must say from the game last night Cooke played outstanding.

  4. orangandblack - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Curious to know from anyone who went to last nights game, how was Stall received? Boo’d or cheered? He did a lot for that team while there but I couldn’t blame some Pens fans for feeling slighted.

    • erbaker67 - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      Game was in Carolina. They love him ;-)

      • orangandblack - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        Haha, thanks. Damn night shift has me all screwed up.

      • beachrover - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        I’m a Canes STH and was at the game last night. erbaker67 you’re right, J Staal is loved by the fan base and so is Sutter. There was as much applause when he hit the ice as any Canes player. The Pens appeared to have a reasonable amount of energy for the first half of the first period but you could literally see them start to wind down near the end of the period. Fleury wasn’t getting any defensive support at all. The Canes weren’t having too much trouble getting through the neutral zone either. All in all the Pens defense was just soft last night and they weren’t crashing the goal on the offensive end. Most of their shots looked weak.

    • killerpgh - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Last home game of the regular season will be J Staal’s first game back in Pittsburgh. I’m sure the Penguins will do a video tribute to Staal during the first commercial break of the game and Staal will get a standing ovation. 99% of the fans I know aren’t mad at Staal for leaving. I was pissed when the info became public that he turned down the Pens 10year/$60 million contract offer because then I figured the Penguins wouldn’t get a good return for him. But the Penguins still got Sutter, the 8th overall pick in the draft and a solid defense prospect in Brain Dumoulin after it was publicly known Staal didn’t what to resign with the Penguins and highly rumored that he wanted to play with his brother in Carolina. I still can’t believe Shero was able to get that much in return for Staal under those conditions.

  5. bihler7 - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    I am gonna call out Sid on something I have noticed in the past few games, which is his complete lack of defensive coverage in his own zone; yes when he gets the puck he knows what to do, but his positioning lately in his own zone has been terrible and that needs to be addressed. Hasn’t showed up so much in the score sheet until last night (-2 when he had an assist). He needs to lead by example and hopefully the team can follow but man are they in a rut right now; gotta hope all the guys from Montreal come out and play hard tomorrow night as you know Therrien will have his team ready.

    • bihler7 - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      actually going back and looking at the stats is has shown up recently other than just last night; 2pts. even vs. Florida on Tuesday, 3 pts, +1 vs. Tampa, 1pt. -3 vs. Philly

      • jpelle82 - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        he got caught watching goals happen around him last night standing flat footed just a few feet away from fleury. maybe he is feeling the pressure to produce offensively and shirking his d responsibility but it was very uncharacteristic of him last night.

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    After watching that game last night, I’d say the return of Malkin couldn’t come soon enough for the Pens. The Canes just outworked them and the Pens defenders showed little effort on three of the goals (I think it was 3) that came basically in the crease. They looked almost identical. Also, it amazed me to see the Canes easily killing off the Pens powerplays. Cam Ward deserves credit too, as he was his usual self. From an outside perspective it seemed as if the Pens were disinterested in that game. Just not a lot of focus or effort.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      agreed, full 60 mins they got worked over in every facet of the game – and didnt even look like they cared. i was waiting for glass to fight someone, or engelland to lay out skinner…something!

  7. holeecowman - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    it just hysterical reading these comments. they are playing bad cause of 1 injured “star player”. he nothing more than an overrated goon PERIOD. poor cindy must be so lonely boo hoo. this dirty team needs this. how many players have your players deliberately injured this year. poor babies awe. your precious little team is only out to end the opponets career. oh yea i bet it stings that you cant beat the flyer in your own barn in the regular season either awe. if the fan base was older than cindys career you might actualy know something about the sport and not his filthy team that the league favors all because of cindy oral capabilites and on ice antics/cheapshots that all the other teams hate. get some knowledge. your all frauds just admit it. go jump off the wagon again a bankruptcey is a coming lol. there is a reason good players are not resigning with your club, its because of the trash. there you boo the ones who leave when they retirn for a game ie. jagr, talbot 2 players that have done so much for the team/organization and they get booed wow such class you frauds have. id rather sit next to a flyers fan than you morons. sincerly a a real hockey fan that been around since before cindys career lol. go caps go

    • jpelle82 - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      funny to hear a caps fan talk about a bandwagon and fan support.

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