Teammates say Malkin will shine on '24/7'
Several Penguins players have expressed optimism that the HBO's series "24/7" will show a side of center Evgeni Malkin that has eluded the public. Malkin, who admits he remains uncomfortable in front of video cameras after four NHL seasons, doesn't necessarily share his teammates' opinions. "I understand what's going on, and it's a good idea," he said of the series. "I (won't) try to talk too much. There's no pressure. I'll just try to be myself."
• Malkin seemed surprised to hear that Columbus right wing Rick Nash had accused him of constant slashing during the Penguins' 3-1 exhibition home win over the Blue Jackets on Saturday night. "I (did) not have a penalty for slashing," Malkin said. "We had two referees for the game, (so) I don't know why he said (it was) me." Malkin and Nash dropped the gloves late in that game, a fight won by Malkin.
• A few players who reside in the city swapped stories of their struggles to reach practice Sunday morning at Southpointe Iceoplex. Normal traffic patterns were shut off because of the Great Race. Defenseman Paul Martin, new to the area, joked about seeing different parts of the region after finding his way to the practice facility by driving along Route 19.
• Goalie Mattias Modig was assigned to the AHL before practice. The Penguins have 41 players remaining in camp. The breakdown: 23 forwards, 14 defensemen, four goalies.
• Two of the Penguins' heavy hitters celebrated birthdays yesterday. Defenseman Brooks Orpik turned 30, and left wing Chris Kunitz turned 31. Both players attempted to convince teammates that their ages were just numbers, but some of the younger Penguins could not resist offering a few digs.
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