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UPDATE: Evgeni Malkin ejected from game for...T.J. Oshie trying to hit him?

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Malkin tossed from Pens/Caps

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Evgeni Malkin was ejected from the game against the Washington Capitals tonight after this collision with T.J. Oshie.

In slow motion, logic and intent can get created - in real time Malkin carries the puck into the zone over the blue line while the Penguins are on the power play. He passes the puck and then Oshie closes in on him to make some sort of contact. Malkin’s legs stay pointing north and he braces himself and looks to shrug off the hit.

Oshie, who is listed at 5’11 (four inches shorter than Malkin) goes barreling into Malkin’s shoulder.

Neutral observers seem to have pardoned the play.

NHL officials did not, issuing Malkin a five-minute major penalty and a kicking him out of the contest with a game misconduct, after Oshie, who has a history of concussions and head injuries, went down hard and stayed down, requiring assistance and looking dazed coming off the ice slowly.

Pittsburgh was able to kill the long penalty against them caused by this call.

Oshie would leave the game but did return later in the period, appearing to suffer no major or obvious injury on the play. It remains to be seen if any further discipline is coming for Malkin on a play where he stayed in his lane and dished a hit prior to receiving one after playing the puck, or if league officials will deem getting kicked out of a 1-1 tie game and having his team kill a major penalty is enough punishment for the incident.

Update: Malkin will not face any further discipline from the NHL for this incident