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Malkin out for third time in four games

by Alan Robinson /
PITTSBURGH -- Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will sit out Saturday night's game against the Buffalo Sabres, the third time in four games he has been held out with soreness in his surgically repaired right knee.

Coach Dan Bylsma said Malkin has not had a setback in his recovery, but that it would be better for him to not play.

Malkin had surgery eight months ago to repair the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments he tore during a Feb. 4 game against the Sabres at Consol Energy Center.

Malkin played in the Penguins' first two games, sat out two when scar tissue in the knee began tearing, then returned to have two assists Thursday night against the Capitals.  He played one of his best games in two seasons, constantly creating pressure on Washington with his skating, playmaking and rushes into the offensive zone.

"Geno came back and was flying," said linemate James Neal, who was set up by Malkin for two goals.

However, Malkin did not take part in the Penguins' practice Friday or the morning skate Saturday.
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