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Evgeni Malkin back at practice after simultaneous goal-injury from Thursday

The Pens get good injury news on the Evgeni Malkin front

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Pittsburgh Penguins v Florida Panthers Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

Evgeni Malkin wasn’t seen after the ever-rare simultaneous goal-injury combo for the Penguins on Thursday night against the Florida Panthers, but he has shrugged off the injury and was able to participate normally in practice on Saturday.

Malkin took his regular spot on the second line as the Penguins prepped in Raleigh today for a game against the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow.

There’s no real secret about what happened, he took a slapshot from Sidney Crosby right above the knee in an area with no padding, and that’s going to leave a mark.

As Crosby said after the game, “if you’re going to get hit, at least get a goal out of it,” while also admitting he shot the puck higher than he was hoping to.

Malkin still retained his trademark sense of humor on Saturday after practice where he joked he was lucky that the shot came off of Crosby’s stick and not someone that can shoot it harder.

It does always hurt a little less when it’s a goal, and it ended up being a very meaningful one too. For Malkin, that third period goal ended up standing as his 80th career game winner, one game after he recorded No. 79 against Dallas. That passed Jaromir Jagr for second place in Pens’ franchise history for most GWG’s. Crosby’s 83 is in the top spot in that category.

Malkin certainly paid the price to achieve that milestone, but luckily for the team there was no lasting damage done and they should have their star center available moving forward, likely with a nasty bruise for the next few days.