Photo: Peter Diana/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
After sitting out Game 1, Evgeni Malkin will be a game-time decision in Game 2 of the Pittsburgh Penguins second round series against the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon. The Capitals had a golden opportunity in Game 1 up 2-0 against a Penguins team without one of their superstars but failed to close out.
Malkin left Game 5 of the Penguins first round series agains the Philadelphia Flyers after this collision with Jori Lethera.
Malkin hurt after Lehtera falls on his leg pic.twitter.com/ZRZMVD3fNX
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 20, 2018
Malkin did not play in Game 6 of that series in Philadelphia nor Game 1 of the second round series in Washington but Malkin did travel with the team to both of those games. Malkin also participated in Game 1’s morning skate in a non-contact jersey.
The Penguins held a practice on Saturday afternoon at Capital One Arena, Malkin was wearing a regular yellow practice jersey.
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) April 28, 2018
After the practice Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said, “I thought he looked good. His status is he’ll be a game-time decision.” As far as if Malkin plays, Sullivan was asked if he will play on the fourth line on the fourth line? Sullivan answered, “probably not.”
By Michael Marzzacco