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WASHINGTON (AP) The sight of Evgeni Malkin on the ice brought

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WASHINGTON (AP) The sight of Evgeni Malkin on the ice brought a smile to many in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ locker room.Even knowing they wouldn’t have him in the lineup for Game 1 of their second-round series against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night Timothy Liljegren Jersey Womens , the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions could glean some optimism that the skilled Russian center won’t be out long with his apparent leg injury.”It’s always nice to see a guy like him out there,” winger Bryan Rust said Thursday after an optional morning skate.”He’s a guy who’s obviously really important to our team and brings so much. Just to see him out there and see him getting closer is nice.”Coach Mike Sullivan said Malkin skating ”means he’s that much closer” to playing, even if the 31-year-old was wearing a white no-contact jersey. Malkin traveling with the team to Washington plus the progress he appears to be making could put him in line to return as soon as Game 2 Sunday afternoon.”It’s great for our team, great for Geno that he’s on the ice and skating,” Sullivan said. ”He’s a big part of this team. He’s a difference-maker and not an easy guy to replace.”Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia in Game 6 without Malkin, who was injured in Game 5 on April 20 and hadn’t practiced since. Absent the 2009 Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP, the Penguins rely more heavily on superstar Sidney Crosby and fellow centers Derick Brassard, Riley Sheahan and Tom Kuhnhackl.”We have the depth on our roster,” Kuhnhackl said. ”We’ve showed that before. At the end, it doesn’t matter who’s in the lineup and who’s out. Everyone’s capable of playing the right way.”Few in the NHL can play like Malkin, who has three goals and two assists in five playoff games so far. General manager Jim Rutherford acquiring Brassard at the trade deadline certainly helps Pittsburgh’s depth down the middle, but it takes more than one or two players to fill the void without Malkin.”One of the best players in the world Antoine Roussel Jersey Womens , almost 100 points this year,” Brassard said. ”You can’t really replace a guy who scored 40 goals, but I think as a team we can do a better job and are trying to do a better job.”— The Philadelphia Flyers were busy during their four-day break in the schedule.A week after firing Ron Hextall as the club’s general manager, the Flyers named Chuck Fletcher as the man in charge.“At the conclusion of a rigorous review of GM candidates, Chuck Fletcher clearly stood out from the field of talented and capable executives we considered,” Dave Scott, chairman and CEO of Comcast Spectacor and Flyers governor, said in a statement released by the club.Article continues below ...“Chuck has earned success throughout his impressive NHL career and offers the right mix of expertise, business acumen and leadership qualities that the Flyers need today as we work to achieve our ultimate goal, the Stanley Cup championship.”Fletcher spent nine seasons as the GM of the Minnesota Wild and was fired last year. Now, he’s running an 11-12-2 team that heads into Thursday night’s home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets — with a one-game winning streak.Philly ended a two-game losing streak with a 4-2 win at Pittsburgh last Saturday night and look to even the season series with the Jackets, who beat the Flyers 6-3 in Columbus on Oct. 18.The Jackets are coming off a wild — and rather bizarre — 9-6 home loss to the Calgary Flames that was a rather historical game for coach John Tortorella.Not in a good way.“They had 11 scoring chances and they scored nine goals Tim Schaller Jersey Womens ,” Tortorella said after his team’s second straight loss. “I have never been in a game like this.”Sergei Bobrovsky allowed eight goals on 26 shots before being relieved in the third period — Cam Atkinson’s hat trick and extending his points streak to 11 straight games wasted as the Jackets fell to 15-10-2.“We played a really good first period, then for whatever reason sat back and let them play,” Atkinson said. “I don’t think we checked hard. We made it a really easy game for them, and they just capitalized.”With his new team 28th in the NHL allowing 3.52 goals per game, Fletcher is intent on improving the defense.“It’s not the ideal situation. It’s not a normal situation when you have a GM coming in midway through the season,” said D-man Shayne Gostisbehere.“Anything in life, you only get one first impression, so you obviously want to be on your game. Hopefully, we can string some wins.”Anthony Stolarz, the latest in the ever-growing list of goaltenders for this team, got his first win since 2016 against Pittsburgh.Bobrovsky, who fell to 10-9-0 with Tuesday night’s loss Jay Beagle Jersey Womens , has dominated the Flyers, his old team, since leaving going 11-3-1 with a 1.98 GAA and .931 save percentage. He is expected to face Stolarz, a draft pick the Flyers received when they traded Bobrovsky.Calvin Pickard was in goal for the Flyers in the Oct. 18 loss, with Atkinson scoring twice for Columbus.The Jackets blew a 4-1 lead Tuesday night.“I fought all night long as far as, should I take (Bobrovsky out)? all night long, because you could see,” Tortorella said. “But some of them were deflected and there was some crazy … it was just one of those nights. He didn’t look comfortable, but I just decided to see if he could play through it.”“That game was a fluke,” said Jackets captain Nick Foligno. “You’re going to see the real Columbus Blue Jackets tomorrow in the way we’re going to play. We have to.”Atkinson’s streak is the second-longest in club history, trailing only a 13-gamer by Ryan Johansen. Atkinson has 13 goals and six assists during his streak and his hat trick was his club-record sixth of his career.New Flyers assistant coach Rick Wilson officially joined the team on the ice for practice Wednesday. The 68-year-old Wilson also worked for Fletcher in Minnesota.

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