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According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Mike DeFabbo, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will be suspended for four games after cross-checking defenseman Mark Borowiecki in the team’s 3-2 overtime win over the Nashville Predators on Sunday.
After slashing the stick out of Borowiecki‘s hands with time waning in the second period, Malkin cross-checked him in the face, which forced blood to come out. The 36-year-old received a double-minor penalty on the play.
Evgeni Malkin’s four-game suspension will cost him $190,000 — or ~4.81 #BTC
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 12, 2022
This is the second time that Malkin, who’s 1.00 points-per-game (37 in 37) ranks fourth on the Penguins this season, has been suspended in his 977-game NHL career. He has earned 17 goals.
The news is tough for a Penguins team that lost four in a row prior to Sunday’s victory with the Washington Capitals just four points behind them for third in the Metropolitan Division with two games in hand. The Capitals won by a score of 6-3 in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
The Penguins face the New York Islanders and Boston Bruins in two home-and-home series while Malkin will be out. The Bruins hold the first wild-card spot in the East with 95 points, one better than the Penguins (with two games in hand) and five than the Capitals (both teams have 10 games left).
The Penguins have just eight regular-season games remaining.
By Harrison Brown