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Malkin skates, feels good

The Penguins have sustained a startling number of injuries in the past three weeks, but help finally appears on the way. C Evgeni Malkin skated Thursday morning and appears on the verge of returning to the lineup. He might play Saturday against Boston at Mellon Arena.

"It was my second time practicing hard and it feels good," Malkin said. "It was a good rest. I feel stronger now. I feel awesome. I won't play tonight (Thursday) but maybe next game."

The Penguins had not scored a power play goal entering Thursday night's game during Malkin's absence.

It has been two weeks since Penguins coach Dan Bylsma announced Malkin was out with a shoulder injury. At the time, the team said he would miss two or three weeks.

"He is progressing well," Bylsma said.

• The injury to Penguins D Brooks Orpik isn't as significant as originally feared. Orpik will miss the next two weeks with a lower body injury.

• D Ben Lovejoy and D Deryk Engelland are currently replacing injured D Kris Letang and D Sergei Gonchar. Lovejoy played two games for the Penguins last season while Engelland's first NHL game took place Monday in Boston.

• Penguins LW Max Talbot is getting closer to playing and practiced with the team Thursday. He had shoulder surgery in July and was told he would be inactive for 4-6 months.

• Just 40 seconds into Thursday's game, the horn that signifies a Penguins goal was triggered for three seconds. The only problem was, no goal was scored. Play was not stopped.

Digits

102 -- Shutouts in New Jersey G Martin Brodeur's career. He is one shutout away from tying Terry Sawchuk for the all-time NHL record of 103.

Quotable

"There is not a chance I will return for another 10 days. After that we will say 'maybe tonight,' but we will take the next 10 days and see how it feels, and then, after that, maybe I will concentrate on playing."

Max Talbot

Penguins wing, on his playing status

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