National Hockey League won't further punish Evgeni Malkin for hit on TJ Oshie

Ruben Hill
November 9, 2018

T.J. Oshie was all over the place on Wednesday, and the Capitals forward finished the night in fine fashion despite almost dying on two occasions.

The NHL decided Thursday to not suspend or fine Malkin for his shoulder-to-head hit on the Capitals' T.J.

Malkin received a five-minute major penalty and a match penalty for his hit on Oshie in the third period of the Penguins' 2-1 loss. Capitals C Nicklas Backstrom was honored before the game for recording his 600th National Hockey League assist.

The incident occurred less than four minutes into the period when Malkin carried to the puck into the Capitals zone, dropped it to his left and raised his right shoulder into Oshie, who was pursuing the puck carrier.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said he wasn't concerned that Malkin might be punished further by the league, and that turned out to be the case.

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby stopped 41 of 42 shots for his first victory since October 22. The Penguins lost their fifth in a row and could be without Malkin in the near future.

"I felt comfortable as the game moved on", Holtby said. The Capitals forward left the game and went through the NHL's concussion protocol, having previously visited the trainers' room during the game following a high stick from the Penguins' Olli Maatta. He returned for the second time with about five minutes remaining.

Pittsburgh's Casey DeSmith stopped 20 of 22 shots in his first career start against Washington.

The gutsy goal was Oshie's eighth marker and 13th point of the season, while a superstar wearing the opposite sweater padded some of his stats as well, but not in such team-friendly way.

NOTES: F Zach Aston-Reese made his season debut and LW Garrett Wilson made his Penguins debut after being called up Tuesday.

Penguins: Look to stop their skid Saturday at home against the Arizona Coyotes.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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