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Penguins’ Malkin to miss 5th consecutive game due to bruised right foot

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin will miss his fifth consecutive game and seventh in his past eight because of a bruised right foot.

Malkin said following Wednesday’s morning skate that he would not play in the Penguins’ night game against Tampa Bay. He hopes to return Saturday against Atlanta.

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Pittsburgh defenceman Sergei Gonchar said he would miss a fourth consecutive game due to strep throat. He also expects to play Saturday.