Penguins notebook: Malkin skates, but uncertain for Tuesday

| Sunday, March 17, 2013, 6:09 p.m.

Center Evgeni Malkin resumed on-ice workouts Sunday, but he did not play against Boston at Consol Energy Center.

Malkin has missed five consecutive games with an upper-body injury. He has not practiced with teammates since taking a hard hit from Toronto winger James van Riemsdyk in a win March 9 at Toronto.

The Penguins have gone 6-2-0 over two stretches without Malkin, who last season won the NHL MVP and his second scoring title.

Malkin's status for Tuesday's home game against Washington is not known.

The Penguins will not practice Monday.

• Boston center David Krejci did not finish the loss because of an apparent knee injury. He absorbed a powerful shot from Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk late in the third period. Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik immediately waved for trainers to assist Krejci, even as play was continuing. Two Boston players helped Krejci to the dressing room. The shot appeared to hit Krejci's knee cap. “Johnny shoots it pretty hard when he gets into it,” goalie Tuukka Rask said. “I can say that for a fact.” Bruins coach Claude Julien said he was unsure of the injury's severity.

• Phoenix general manager Don Maloney watched the game from the media level at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins and Coyotes were trading partners recently when Phoenix reacquired defenseman Zbynek Michalek on the first day of the NHL Entry Draft. The Penguins are seeking to bolster their defense and upgrade the third and fourth lines before the trade deadline April 3.

• The Penguins' top power-play unit has gone four consecutive games without producing a goal. Overall, the club has failed to score on the man-advantage in three of four contests, going 1 for 11 (9.1 percent) during that span. The only goal by the second unit came when right winger Tyler Kennedy scored in a 3-0 home victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday. The Penguins are 6 for 29 (20.7 percent) in eight games without Malkin in the lineup, compared to 21 for 82 (25.6 percent) when he has played.

– Rob Rossi and Josh Yohe

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