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Evgeni Malkin blocked shot leads to injury, uncertain status – FanRag Sports (blog)

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Evgeni Malkin is uncertain for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sunday outing due to an upper-body injury he sustained recently. The high-end goal scorer missed Friday night’s game due to this malady as well, and it’s one Malkin incurred in somewhat unusual fashion, per Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop.

Malkin said injury from blocked shot in Calgary. Felt pain in his shoulder #Pens -SK

— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) March 18, 2017

He’s scrapping this move from his in-game repertoire as a result. While there isn’t much in the way of specifics here, Malkin being deemed questionable for Sunday’s game against the Florida Panthers could indicate this is more of a short-term setback than something with which Pittsburgh must be concerned for a lengthy stretch. The Pens, though, have seen at least one player injured in each game of their five-game road trip.

Malkin not sure if he’ll play Sunday. But added: “No more blocking shots.” -SK

— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) March 18, 2017

The Pens’ top scorer not named Sidney Crosby suffered the injury during a Monday-night tilt against the Flames while blocking this Michael Ferland shot.

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Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Malkin has been dealing with this ailment for “a while,” so it’s possible the setback against the Flames worsened another injury. Nevertheless, Malkin missed Friday night’s tilt against the Devils — a 6-4 Pens win — and may be shelved for Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET home game against the Panthers.

Malkin has scored 33 goals this season — his most since the dominant 2011-12 season that saw him get to 50 — and dished out 39 assists. His 72 points thus far are also the most since 2011-12. Now 30, Malkin has helped the defending Stanley Cup champions back to their usual playoff precipice. They sit second in the Metropolitan Division behind the Capitals. Washington and Pittsburgh are first and second in the NHL standings with 98 and 97 points, respectively.

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