1:31 PM:Evgeni Malkin
chatted with the media after Sunday afternoon’s practice at Southpointe. Among the topics were his fight with Columbus’ Rick Nash, his health and the HBO show 24/7 featuring an in-depth look at four weeks in the lives of the Penguins and Capitals.
Malkin and Nash were in each other’s faces all Saturday night, in a contest Pittsburgh won, 3-1. The two exchanged a few checks, and some words, with each other. The game-long battle erupted with less than three minutes left in the contest.
The two skated next to each other when Malkin, who scored a goal in the victory, dropped his gloves. Nash promptly followed and a fight ensued. Malkin got the best of his counterpart, severely out-landing his punches.
“It was just a good game and I had a big fight,” Malkin said. “(Nash) started the fight. He turned to me and said ‘Do you want to go?’ I don’t know why, but I was ready.”
Malkin, who is trying to bounce back from an injury-riddled season in 2009-10, entered training camp full of life and energy – a great sign for the Penguins.
“I feel good,” the Russian winger said. “We’ve had a great training camp, and we won three games. So that’s good for us and everybody is playing hard.
“We had a long summer, so of course we have lots of energy.”
The other topic of interest for Malkin was the “24/7 PENGUINS-CAPITALS: ROAD TO THE WINTER CLASSIC.” Malkin, a typically shy person around cameras, will have to adjust to having the lens constantly following him.
“It’s tough on me because I’ll have to talk a lot to the cameras, but it’s a good idea,” he said. “I like it because the Winter Classic is a dream to play in again. It’s good for fans to see what I do in my life.”
Group 2 is on the ice at Southpointe. Here are the combinations:
As usual when the Penguins invade Southpointe, a nice gathering of fans congregated in the stands to cheer on their favorite players.
The line combinations and defensive pairings at practice were:
B. Johnson and John Curry in net.
Fresh off their 3-1 knock out against Columbus
Saturday night, the Penguins were back on the ice Sunday for a practice session at Southpointe. It's the first practice at Southpointe this season and fans crowded the bleachers to take in the action.