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Penguins' Malkin returns to lineup

Monday, 12.09.2013 / 7:56 PM / News

By Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

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Penguins' Malkin returns to lineup
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin was back in the lineup for a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night after missing two games.

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin was back in the lineup for a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Consol Energy Center on Monday night after missing two games with a lower-body injury.

In James Neal's absence, Malkin is skating alongside Jussi Jokinen and Jayson Megna. Malkin left midway through Pittsburgh's morning skate before its game against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

Malkin leads the NHL with 30 assists and was the NHL's 'Second Star for November after scoring 25 points in the month. His 21 assists in November were the most since Wayne Gretzky recorded 21 while with the Los Angeles Kings in January 1996.

The former Hart, Art Ross and Conn Smythe Trophy winner is tied with Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane with 37 assists, second in the League behind teammate Sidney Crosby's 42.

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres