Evgeni Malkin to Miss at Least Two Weeks With Shoulder Injury

PITTSBURGH — NHL scoring champion Evgeni Malkin will
be lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins for two to three weeks because of a strained
right shoulder.

Malkin had been attempting to play through the injury,
but coach Dan Bylsma said the team decided to rest the center. The Russian star
would miss seven games if he is out two weeks and 10 games if he is out three.

"He strained his shoulder about 10 days or so ago,"
Bylsma said on Thursday. "I don't know the exact day. It is precautionary for
the player. We are worried about the safety of the shoulder. A couple of weeks
of rest and rehab will get that thing healthy."

The injury will end Malkin's streak of 254 consecutive
regular-season games played. The Penguins play Friday at Columbus.

"It's early in the season. It's fine," Malkin said. "I
feel good. It's not a big problem."

Malkin is tied with Sidney Crosby for the team lead in
scoring with 14 points – four goals and 10 assists in 12 games. Malkin had one
assist during a 6-1 victory over Montreal on Wednesday night, Pittsburgh's
eighth win in nine games.

Last season, Malkin was the MVP of the playoffs, getting
14 goals and 22 assists in 24 playoff games while helping the Penguins win the
Stanley Cup. He edged Washington's Alex Ovechkin 113-110 for the regular-season
scoring title.

Penguins forward Tyler Kennedy won't play in Columbus due
to an undisclosed injury that also kept him out of the Montreal game. Kennedy
has scored five goals.

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