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Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin gets hearing for crosscheck to face

Apr 2, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) in the third period against the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins forward and three-time All-Star Evgeni Malkin faces a hearing with the league Monday evening following a crosscheck to the face of Nashville’s Mark Borowiecki.

The incident occurred Sunday during the Penguins’ 3-2 win over the visiting Predators. Malkin was issued a double-minor for high sticking after drawing blood, avoiding a match penalty on the play. Borowiecki was given a two-minute minor for slashing.

It’s expected the two-time Art Ross Trophy winner will be suspended multiple games.

Malkin, 35, was suspended once before, earning a one-game ban in 2019 for swinging his stick at the head of Michael Raffl, then of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Malkin has 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists) in 37 games played this season. He has 1,141 career points (441 goals, 700 assists) over his 16-year career with the Penguins. He was selected No. 2 overall in the 2004 draft.

–Field Level Media