Can the Pittsburgh Penguins Keep Flying Without Evgeni Malkin?

Posted: 29th October 2009 by Sergey Zikov in NHL
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On Jan. 18, 2008, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby slammed feet-first into the boards after a collision with Paul Ranger of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The injury kept Crosby out for two months, but all was not lost. Evgeni Malkin was ready to carry the load, and he proceeded to record 54 points in the time that Crosby was out of the lineup. His performance not only kept the Penguins in the playoff hunt, but led the team to an Atlantic Division title. This time, it will be the other way around. Crosby will have to carry the Penguins once more in Malkin's absence. In a shock announcement by coach Dan Bylsma, the Conn Smythe winner will miss two to three weeks with a strained shoulder. The injury apparently isn't a new one, as Malkin has been playing with some discomfort for over a week. "I can ...

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