Malkin, Kessel discuss lines, injuries, rumors


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Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin battle for the puck during practice Saturday in Cranberry. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

CRANBERRY, Pa. — Evgeni Malkin has had a rough go of it over the past week.

In one of the team’s final informal practices last Tuesday, he took a high stick to the facial area, forcing him to leave the ice. Friday, during the opening session of training camp, Matt Cullen’s stick found its way to Malkin’s face, leaving him with two broken teeth on the bottom row.

Sunday, with a fresh scab on his bottom lip and a pair of new pearly white teeth, Malkin addressed the media at the Lemieux Sports Complex for the first time since his arrival in Pittsburgh. He discussed a number of topics, including his health, his place as one of the greats in the NHL and his thoughts on watching countryman Alexander Ovechkin finally winning the Stanley Cup.

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