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Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin out at least 2 games with upper-body injury

Jerry DiPaola
| Friday, February 1, 2019 1:30 a.m
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin waits to take the ice during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Evgeni Malkin has an upper-body injury and won’t play Friday against the Ottawa Senators or Saturday night in Toronto, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.

Sullivan said Malkin’s status is day-to-day.

Malkin was injured Wednesday when he recorded two assists in the 4-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was the first time he recorded multiple points in a game since Jan. 11.

“I’m disappointed for him because he had a great game,” Sullivan said. “That was a game he could really build on. We’re hopeful this is a short-term thing, and he’ll be right back in our lineup.

“But certainly the fact that he had as strong a game the other night is encouraging.”

Malkin’s assists gave him 601 for his career, making him the 89th NHL player – and only the fourth born in Russia — to do so. Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby and Jaromir Jagr are the only Penguins to reach that milestone.

Malkin’s next milestone is 1,000 career points. He has 985.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jerry at or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jerry by email at or via Twitter .

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