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Odd day for Pittsburgh Penguins ends with victory

The Pittsburgh Penguins had one of the more odd days Friday that included a scrap between Evgeni Malkin and Craig Adams, a weird goal and an ill referee.
The Hockey News

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have had a strange season riddled with the mumps, causing several players to miss action, yet they still remain atop the Metropolitan Division and tied for the Eastern Conference lead.

Their strange season had all kinds of weird on Friday.

First, Evgeni Malkin and Craig Adams had it out at Friday’s morning skate. The pair tussled after a heated ‘battle’ drill and Malkin bloodied his teammate. Adams was seen wearing a face shield in their contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning later that evening.

Then during the same game against the Lightning, Malkin did something all to familiar setting off the red lamp, except he didn’t actually score. The Russian winger hit the post on the play. The lit red lamp confused the Lightning skaters, which Andrew Ebbett took advantage of scoring an actual goal to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead at the time.

Finally, in the grossest part of this story, referee Mike Leggo had to leave the game between the Penguins and Lightning because he became ill on the ice. The referee was caught puking on camera, which obviously led to some concern. Leggo would leave the game, citing a stomach illness as the cause.

Despite all of the oddities following the Pens on Friday, they defeated the Lightning 6-3.

Let's just chalk this one up to having a bad day, one the Pens will gladly leave behind.


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