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Penguins’ Malkin Out ‘Week To Week’ With Lower-Body Injury

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins say center Evgeni Malkin is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.

The team placed the Russian star on injured reserve Thursday, two days after Malkin appeared to hurt his right knee in a loss to the Boston Bruins.

Head coach Mike Sullivan described Malkin as “week to week.”

Malkin was playing his best hockey of the season when he collided with Boston defenseman Jarred Tinordi late in the first period of what became a 2-1 loss to the Bruins.

“When you lose (Malkin), it’s a tough loss from our standpoint for everything that he brings to our team,” Sullivan said Friday. “We’re certainly encouraged that we’ll hopefully get him back in a timely fashion.”

Malkin has eight goals and 16 assists and put together an eight-game point streak from March 2-15 before getting hurt.

Evan Rodrigues filled in for Malkin on the second line in a loss to New Jersey on Thursday night. There’s a chance Jared McCann, who has missed the last five games with an injury, could center the second line on Saturday in New Jersey. McCann skated with the second line in practice on Friday.

The Penguins entered Friday in third place in the highly competitive East Division.

CAPITALS 2, RANGERS 1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored twice in the final seven minutes to extend his goals streak and rally the Washington Capitals to their seventh victory in a row, over the New York Rangers.

Ovechkin tied it on a rebound with 6:42 left and put the Capitals ahead on a nearly identical play with 3:33 remaining. He has scored in five consecutive games and has seven goals in the past seven.

Washington’s longtime captain leads the team with 14 goals. After moving into sole possession of sixth place on the NHL career goals list this week, Ovechkin added Nos. 719 and 720 to move closer to Marcel Dionne in fifth.

FLAMES 4, MAPLE LEAFS 3

TORONTO (AP) — Mark Giordano broke a tie on a power play midway through the second period, Jacob Markstrom made 24 saves and Calgary beat slumping Toronto.

Matthew Tkachuk, Derek Ryan and Christopher Tanev also scored, and Rasmus Andersson had two assists. The Flames improved to 15-13-3, winning for the fourth time in five games since Darryl Sutter returned as coach after Geoff Ward was fired.

CANUCKS 3

CANADIENS 2, OT

MONTREAL (AP) — J.T. Miller scored at 2:01 of overtime to lift Vancouver past Montreal for its fourth straight victory.

Miller scored his ninth of the season moments after Montreal’s Josh Anderson failed to convert a breakaway attempt.

Nick Suzuki forced overtime with a power-play goal with 57 seconds left in overtime with Montreal on a two-man advantage with goalie Jake Allen off for an extra attacker.

BLUES 2, SHARKS 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko scored the decisive goal in a shootout and the St. Louis Blues snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the San Jose Sharks.

Tyler Bozak scored a short-handed goal on his 35th birthday to tie the game in the third period. Jordan Binnington made 30 saves and helped the Blues kill a penalty in overtime.

St. Louis won it in the shootout when Brayden Schenn and Tarasenko scored against Martin Jones. Binnington sealed it with a save against Kevin Labanc in the seventh one-goal game in seven meetings this season between the teams.

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