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Malkin returns to Penguins practice

Mar 3, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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There was a sight for sore eyes in Pittsburgh on Sunday as Evgeni Malkin practiced for the first time in nine days.

Malkin, 26, has been out of the Pittsburgh lineup since suffering a concussion during a 3-1 win over Florida last Friday.

He was driven into the back boards on a hit by Panthers defender Erik Gudbranson at 15:09 of the third period, left the game, and hasn’t skated since.

Sunday’s practice was an optional one. Malkin wasn’t wearing a non-contact jersey but, as noted by the Post-Gazette’s Shelly Anderson, the nature of the practice suggested there wouldn’t be much contact anyway.

The Penguins return to action on Monday against Tampa Bay at the Consol Energy Center before heading out on a two-game road trip to Philadelphia and Toronto.

No word on a timetable for Malkin’s return to game action.

  1. seawurd - Mar 3, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Welcome back BRO. SPEED AND TALENT back on the ice. I love Hockey. News like this gives me a big old frozen puck in the pants.

  2. seawurd - Mar 3, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Speedy Recovery to you Gino. I hate to see great players taken out with injury.

  3. rushledger - Mar 3, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Glad that the only symptom he has was short term memory loss, considering he’s been feeling good just days after the hit is nothing but a great sign.

  4. puckmepuckyou - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Glad to hear the news. Even a Flyers fan can appreciate his play. I hate to see talented players sidelined. Makes the Penns-Flyers rivalry better.

  5. csilojohnson - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Great news for Malkin. Don’t know if the Pens can handle his poor puck possesion in the Dzone though. Not since this mid season slide on the blueline.

  6. bigdong28 - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    One of the Pittsburgh beat writers wrote that Crosby will get 1 game for the removal & tossing of his tampon into the Montreal crowd after a bad call.

    • handsofsweed - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      Nice insight, shrimp-dick.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      That same beat writer stated that Crosby has achieved more during his 25 years than some blogger that needs to use a reference to private parts as a name.

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