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Malkin's thumb on the mend

C Evgeni Malkin practiced Monday and described his left thumb as "better now." Malkin, whose 22 points was leading the league before games last night, was injured Saturday at New York when his left had was struck by a slap shot from Andy Sutton of the Islanders. Malkin left that game but returned early in the third period.

"It hurt the whole game," Malkin said. "But a couple of pills, and it's good."

• G Marc-Andre Fleury won over most critics with a 55-save performance in the Penguins' 4-3, triple-overtime victory in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final at Detroit. However, it is a mental image from Game 1 of that series that will be on his mind when the Penguins face the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena tonight.

"Slow is good," Fleury said. "Smooth. Slow. One foot at a time."

Fleury infamously tripped as he stepped from the bench area onto the ice prior to Game 1.

"It was just a good laugh - like, 'What was I doing?'" Fleury said yesterday. "(Max Talbot) just laughed at me. Everybody was skating around and just laughing at me the whole time. It was a good one."

• C Sidney Crosby on the possibility of facing former teammate G Ty Conklin, who now plays for the Red Wings: "He knows a little bit about us and we know a little bit about him; there's good sides to both. ... If anything, we'll want to keep the puck away from him because he's good at playing the puck."

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24 -- Saves made by Fleury in the 50 minutes, three seconds of overtime of Game 5 of the 2008 Stanley Cup final

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