Penguins notebook: No Neal for Game 2
By Kevin Gorman and Rob Rossi
Published: Friday, May 3, 2013, 9:30 p.m.
Only a club as deep up front as the Penguins would not blink faced with the absence of a former 40-goal scorer.
Right winger James Neal (right ankle) did not play Friday night in Game 2 of a first-round Stanley Cup playoff series at Consol Energy Center. He was injured in Game 1 Wednesday on a hit by Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic. The Penguins' playoff policy is not to provide status updates on injured players, but Neal has since been limping heavily.
Neal, who 21 goals during this year's lockout-shortened campaign, has played in only two games since April 5. He missed eight games late in the regular-season because of a concussion, then returned to score a hat trick in the finale.
Orpik out again
Defenseman Brooks Orpik has yet to play in the playoffs because of a lower-body injury.
He did not join the Penguins for a morning practice at Consol Energy Center on Friday. He had practiced the previous two days. Orpik was considered day to day before the Penguins enacted their no-information postseason policy about injuries. He has missed four consecutive games dating to the regular season. Deryk Engelland replaced Orpik in the lineup.
Evgeni Malkin opened the scoring with a goal 43 seconds into the first period, the fastest by a Penguin since Sidney Crosby scored 15 seconds into the first against the Philadelphia Flyers on April 15, 2012. It was Malkin's 33rd career playoff goal, which ranks fifth in club history.
He also assisted on Crosby's first goal, giving Malkin 26 career multi-point games in the playoffs. Jarome Iginla assisted on each of the first two goals for his second multi-point game of the playoffs and 16th of his career. Iginla's four assists are the most in the Stanley Cup playoffs. It also marked the first time either Malkin or Crosby scored on Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.
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