Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin suffered a soft-tissue injury to his leg Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Head Coach Mike Sullivan released Monday morning Malkin would be out long term, longer than teammate Nick Bjugstad, who also has
a lower-body injury. Pittsburgh is now without its top three forwards.
Coach Sullivan on Bjugstad and Malkin: "We would expect Geno to be out a little bit longer than Nick."
Follow up from media: "Is Malkin's injury season threatening?"
Coach Sullivan: "No."
8 More Years: Blues ink Schenn
Friday, the St. Louis Blues signed forward Brayden Schenn to an eight-year contract extension with an average annual value of $6.5 million. The Blues acquired Schenn in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers in June 2017. The 28-year-old tallied 17 goals and 54 points in 72 games last season, adding five goals and 12 points in 26 playoff games, helping his team earn their first Stanley Cup.
Evader Kane ‘stands by’ criticism of refs
After serving a three-game suspension for abuse to officials during a pre-season game, Monday San Jose Sharks forward Evader Kane said “I’m sure you guys have heard my comments about it after the game… I stand by what I said.”
Following the game on September 29, Kane told the media, “Talk about abuse of an official? How about abuse of a player? It’s an absolute joke.”
Evander Kane gets ejected in his last preseason game for "abuse of officials." pic.twitter.com/OAKcqPWf2I
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) September 30, 2019
Anthony Mantha; Four Goals, One Night
You read that right, the 25-year-old Red Wings forward scored four times in the team’s home opener against the Dallas Stars on Sunday, making him the first player in franchise history to score four goals in a home opener since John Sorrell did back in 1933.
Anthony Mantha scored all 4 goals for the @DetroitRedWings tonight, including the game-winner with under a minute to play! 🚨🐙🚨🐙
— theScore (@theScore) October 7, 2019
Mantha now has five goals and seven points through two games to start the season and will look to continue his hot steak against the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night.
Are the Hurricanes for real?
Carolina is off to a very strong start, winning each of their first four games. They just beat the Panthers by a 6-3 score on Tuesday, but their first three games of the season were all decided in overtime or a shootout. Still, they’re 4-0 and host the New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets this weekend.