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Kovacevic: Power plays dominating series without even really taking the ice

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Evgeni Malkin at practice Saturday at Capital One Arena. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

WASHINGTON -- Evgeni Malkin curled along the right half-wall, collected the puck on his forehand, pushed it softly to the point, then dug in hard with the left skate to shove back in the other direction.

After which he smiled, ever so slightly.

This was moments after the Penguins' top power-play unit opened its first work of practice Saturday afternoon at Capital One Arena, and the smile was pretty much all I could reasonably cull toward predicting whether or not his injured left leg will allow him to return Sunday for Game 2 of this Stanley Cup playoff series with the Capitals.

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