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Penguins' Malkin in lineup for Game 2 against Rangers

Forward returns after missing five weeks; Fleury unable to play

by Wes Crosby / Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin is in the lineup for the Pittsburgh Penguins for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will not play. Jeff Zatkoff will start in goal, with Tristan Jarry his backup. Fleury will miss his seventh consecutive game because of a concussion.

Malkin and Fleury had practiced Friday, and Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Saturday morning that they were game-time decisions.

Game 2 started with Malkin centering left wing Conor Sheary and right wing Bryan Rust, who returned to the lineup after sustaining a lower-body injury March 29.

Malkin sustained an upper-body injury March 11 against the Columbus Blue Jackets and was expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Game 2 marked five weeks and one day since the injury.

The Penguins lead the series 1-0 after winning 5-2 in Game 1 on Wednesday.

At practice Friday, Malkin centered Sheary and Rust, and worked on the top power-play unit with Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel, Patric Hornqvist and Kris Letang.

Malkin had 27 goals and 58 points in 57 regular-season games.

Fleury skated for a fifth consecutive day Friday, which included the morning skate prior to Game 1. He hasn't played since March 31.

"I felt good," Fleury said Friday. "I don't know if I expect to [play], but I'd love to. It seems like it's taking forever, you know? But it's something with this injury, it's tough to play with."

Zatkoff made 35 saves in Game 1, his first Stanley Cup Playoff game.

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