Malkin, Lecavalier mix it up in Penguins' victory
TAMPA, Fla. — Center Evgeni Malkin simply shrugged his shoulders when asked why he was attacked by Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier on Sunday.
Moments earlier, Malkin ducked to avoid a hit from Lecavalier, who was attempting to hit the Penguins center into the boards. Lecavalier then approached Malkin from behind and started throwing punches. He was given four minutes of penalties for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct. Malkin received two minutes for roughing.
"Vinny felt that Malkin tried to go for his knees," Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said. "In those situations, he's the captain and he wants to show that we are not going to just take everything and be little poodles and wait for things to happen. For me, there is absolutely no blame on his part there."
Malkin said he simply acted in self defense.
"I moved down because I wanted to save myself," Malkin said. "I didn't see him before. I don't know. Maybe it was a dangerous play, but it's the game."
The two have a history; Malkin was suspended during the 2006 Olympics for kicking Lecavalier. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma didn't see anything wrong with Malkin's actions.
"It's hockey," he said. "It happens."
Lecavalier left the building without speaking to reporters.
> > Bylsma said that defenseman Kris Letang, who was not on the road trip, skated rigorously in Pittsburgh while the Penguins were on their three-game jaunt. It is believed that Letang is getting close to practicing with the Penguins soon. He hasn't played since Nov. 26 because of a concussion.
> > The Penguins held Lightning center Steven Stamkos, who leads the league with 30 goals, to no shots.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins trade Sutter to Canucks, sign free agent center Fehr
- Reliving the moment a decade ago that shifted the Penguins' history
- New Pens winger Fehr ready for defense-first role
- Sutter: Staal effect felt on 3rd line with Penguins
- Penguins to appear on national TV 18 times in 2015-16
- Rossi: ‘Hockey guy’ Sutter will be missed