The Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins rivalry took an unsightly flip Monday evening when Penguins star Evgeni Malkin was ejected for swinging his stick at an opponent’s head.

Malkin, who had returned from a five-game damage absence, was being labored over by Flyers ahead Michael Raffl late within the third interval close to the Philadelphia blue line. When Raffl cross-checked Malkin after which punched him behind the top, the middle reacted by swinging his stick round one-handed with some power.

Malkin acquired a match penalty and was kicked out, leaving the Penguins short-handed for the rest of the sport. Jakub Voracek scored 20 seconds later to provide the Flyers their first objective of the sport.

This is a view from one other angle.

A match penalty requires a league evaluation of the play, and the league’s Division of Participant Security tweeted Monday evening that it will conduct a listening to with Malkin on Tuesday for high-sticking/slashing.

“I do know I used to be not enjoying sensible with 5 minutes left, nevertheless it’s solely like one level,” Malkin informed reporters after the sport. “I do know it was soiled, however I missed my stick and I touched his, like, shoulder to shoulder, I don’t know.

“Everybody was like give me 5 minutes. It wasn’t harmful, he wasn’t bleeding or something. I do know it gave them a five-minute energy play and it was my fault for positive however simply play sensible subsequent time.”

Malkin had received a match penalty in November for an unlawful hit to the top of Washington Capitals ahead T.J. Oshie, however the league dominated at that time in opposition to giving him additional self-discipline.

The Penguins had lots going for them in the 4-1 win on Monday. Goalie Matt Murray made 50 saves and Kris Letang set a franchise file for profession targets by a defenseman (109). 

The Penguins ended a four-game dropping streak and ended their hard-charging division rival’s 10-game level streak to get some respiration room within the playoff race earlier than the groups meet outside on the Philadelphia Eagles’ Lincoln Monetary Subject on Feb. 23.

However now the Penguins will even must marvel how lengthy they are going to be with out Malkin.

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