The Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins contention took an unpleasant flip Monday night time when Penguins megastar Evgeni Malkin was once ejected for swinging his stick at an opponent’s head.
Malkin, who had returned from a five-game damage absence, was once being labored over by way of Flyers ahead Michael Raffl overdue within the 3rd duration close to the Philadelphia blue line. When Raffl cross-checked Malkin after which punched him behind the pinnacle, the middle reacted by way of swinging his stick round one-handed with some power.
Malkin gained a fit penalty and was once kicked out, leaving the Penguins short-handed for the rest of the sport. Jakub Voracek scored 20 seconds later to offer the Flyers their first function of the sport.
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A fit penalty calls for a league assessment of the play, and the league’s Division of Participant Protection tweeted Monday night time that it could behavior a listening to with Malkin on Tuesday for high-sticking/slashing.
“I do know I used to be no longer taking part in sensible with 5 mins left, however it’s handiest like one level,” Malkin instructed journalists after the sport. “I understand it was once grimy, however I overlooked my stick and I touched his, like, shoulder to shoulder, I don’t know.
“Everybody was once like give me 5 mins. It wasn’t unhealthy, he wasn’t bleeding or anything else. I understand it gave them a five-minute energy play and it was once my fault needless to say however simply play sensible subsequent time.”
Malkin had gained a fit penalty in November for an unlawful hit to the pinnacle of Washington Capitals ahead T.J. Oshie, however the league dominated at that time in opposition to giving him additional self-discipline.
The Penguins had masses going for them within the 4-1 win on Monday. Goalie Matt Murray made 50 saves and Kris Letang set a franchise report for profession targets by way of a defenseman (109).
The Penguins ended a four-game dropping streak and ended their hard-charging department rival’s 10-game level streak to get some respiring room within the playoff race earlier than the groups meet outside on the Philadelphia Eagles’ Lincoln Monetary Box on Feb. 23.
However now the Penguins may also wish to marvel how lengthy they’re going to be with out Malkin.