Evgeni Malkin has been suspended for four games after cross-checking Predators defenseman Mark Borowiecki in the face on Sunday, according to league sources.
Malkin was penalised for slashing Borowiecki in the torso and then cross-checking him in the mouth at the end of the second period in the Penguins’ 3-2 overtime victory over Nashville.
Following their collision, Borowiecki was given a slashing minor and did not return to the game, while Malkin was given a double-minor for interfering.
Borowiecki briefly confronts and restrains Malkin after clashing throughout their shift on the ice. Malkin slashes Borowiecki with a two-handed swipe, knocking his stick to the ice.
With Borowiecki still in his close vicinity, Malkin pulls his stick back, raises it to head height, and smacks him squarely.” “It is crucial to notice that this is not an instance when Malkin raises his stick defensively or automatically to protect himself,” the article continued. Malkin’s cross-check strikes us as retaliatory and violent. Malkin has previously been suspended and fined three times during his career, according to the DOPS, which could have contributed to the duration of his punishment.
The Penguins have just 11 healthy forwards available for their game against the Islanders on Tuesday at 7:38 p.m. on Long Island, with Malkin absent and Anthony Angello and Radim Zohorna relegated to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton earlier in the day. As a result, either Brock McGinn, who has been out of the lineup for the past 15 games due to an undisclosed upper-body injury, will return to the lineup, perhaps a player from Wilkes-Barre will be called up by the Penguins.
One option is to move Jeff Carter to the second line and Teddy Blueger to the third, while Brian Boyle is moved from left wing to centre on the No. 4 line and McGinn or the recalled player is added to the wing. Malkin has 17 goals and 20 assists in 37 games after missing the first 34 games of the season due to offseason knee surgery.