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Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will not play in Game 2 against Capitals

Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Penguins' Evgeni Malkin gets around the Flyers' Andrew MacDonald in the first period Friday, April 20, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­— Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said center Evgeni Malkin will not play in Game 2 against the Washington Capitals Sunday at Capital One Arena.

Sullivan said Malkin remains a possibility to play in Game 3, when the series returns to PPG Paints Arena.

“We’re a better team with Geno in the lineup,” Sullivan said, “but we’re not going to make excuses.”

Malkin suffered what appeared to be a left knee injury in Game 5 of the first-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers. He missed Game 6 and the opening game of the second-round series against the Capitals.

The Penguins won Game 1, 3-2.

Malkin practiced on Saturday and skated on his own Wednesday, but practiced Thursday with the Penguins wearing a non-contact jersey.

Kevin Gorman is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

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