Malkin avoids suspension for Oshie hit

Rex Christensen
November 8, 2018

Malkin was assessed a five-minute major for hitting the head of Washington's T.J. Oshie, who ultimately beat the Penguins with 1:14 remaining in the third period.

Oshie was able to return to the ice and even conducted a postgame interview following the Caps' 2-1 win.

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said after the game he wasn't expecting Malkin to face a suspension for the hit.

Early in the third period of the tilt, the forwards collided as Malkin carried the puck into the Capitals' zone on the power play.

Oshie said he understood what Malkin may have been trying to accomplish, but was caught off-guard given the situation.

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The big Russian's elite skillset does come with some costly discipline issues, which were on full display when Malkin was ejected after delivering an egregious hit to Oshie just 15 minutes before the latter nabbed the game-winner. 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.

"It's not my concern anymore".

Oshie, rightfully so, doesn't seem all that concerned with any possible supplementary discipline Malkin could be facing, as he noted to reporters after the game. "I don't care what happens to him".

Malkin has never been suspended in his 13-year National Hockey League career.

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