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Evgeni Malkin to Have Hearing for Cross-Checking Mark Borowiecki

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The Pittsburgh Penguins may be without Evgeni Malkin for a game or more after he angrily cross-checked Nashville Predators defenseman Mark Borowiecki. Per an NHL Tweet, the center will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday evening.

The DoPS did not specifically list the hearing as an in-person hearing, which typically means any suspension will be less than five games. A fine is also a possible outcome.

Update: Malkin has been suspended. Get the news story here– Evgeni Malkin Gets 4 Games.

The incident occurred at the end of the second period in the Penguins’ 3-2 OT win over the Nashville Predators at PPG Paints Arena. Borowiecki slashed Malkin, who returned the slash and then cross-checked Borowiecki in the face.

Borowiecki left the ice surface and immediately went to the locker room with the trainer, even as players remained on the bench to learn the penalties.

Officials appeared to review the play before assessing a four-minute penalty to Malkin. They also gave Borowiecki two minutes for slashing.

 

Evgeni Malkin was suspended in 2019 for high-sticking Philadelphia Flyers forward Michael Raffl. Malkin swung his stick wildly but didn’t connect.

The Pittsburgh Penguins visit the New York Islanders on Tuesday night with a chance to clinch a playoff berth for a 16th straight season. It is currently the longest streak in North American sports. The Penguins rallied to beat Nashville when Sidney Crosby scored in overtime. Crosby had two goals and an assist to reach the 1400 point plateau, the seventh-fastest player in NHL history to do so.

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Wesley116
Wesley116
7 months ago

If I’m honest, I’m liking the anger. About time! It just needs to be better placed. Another thought: All those comments against Crosby for throwing a punch? After all that’s been done to him by other players? Really? I wanted to shake his hand!

Mark Connelly
Mark Connelly
7 months ago

I am fine with appropriate discipline as long as the same standards apply in the playoffs ( I am laughing as I type this). I am sure we all remember the crap show which was the New York Islanders last year. Stick work, punches, and after the whistle mayhem suddenly become good things as soon as the NHL begins its second season.

Ethan
7 months ago

I’m just impressed he was able to actually locate a few teeth still remaining in Mark Borowiecki’s mouth. Reminds me of Dave Attell line about if you only have one tooth left you would think you’d at least take care of it But yes Geno deserves a couple games and someone needs to work with him on using his fists and not his stick. When you see red–drop the stick–then swing away if you must.

Paul
Paul
7 months ago

If this team played a heavier game, there would far less need for its skill players to defend themselves. Right, Mr. Truculence? Seems that we’ve had this discussion for four decades now . . .

Last edited 7 months ago by Paul
Fredrick
Fredrick
7 months ago

4 game suspension sadly.