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Evgeni Malkin has surgery on his left elbow.

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The Penguins center went under the knife on Monday morning.

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Monday morning, the Penguins announced that star center Evgeni Malkin had successful surgery on his left elbow.

The surgery was performed at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital by team physician, Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, and Dr. John Fowler of UPMC Shoulder and Elbow Orthopedic Surgery.

Malkin’s expected recovery time is three to four weeks.

During the qualifying round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Malkin registered one point in four games against the Canadiens.

It’s unclear what type of elbow injury Malkin had suffered, nor is it clear how long Malkin had been dealing with this injury.

The only saving grace from this news is that Malkin will have plenty of time to recover and get back to full health with the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs not even completed yet.

The only thing Evgeni Malkin might need some time off from is playing with little Nikita for a few weeks.