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Malkin on IR, Crosby misses skate, Letang practices (Updated)

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were both absent for the All-Star Game due to lower-body injuries. Now that the regular season is set to resume, the question is how much more time will they miss.

Malkin has been placed on the injured reserve list, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dave Molinari, although that might be primarily a paper move. It’s likely retroactive Jan. 20, which means that he’s still eligible to play on Wednesday against Washington (NBCSN, 8:00 p.m. ET). With that in mind, the bigger news might be that he didn’t practice Monday.

Crosby wasn’t on the ice either, although that was anticipated. He’s not eligible to play Tuesday after skipping the All-Star festivities, but he’s also a possibility for Wednesday’s contest.

In contrast to the star duo, Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was able to take part in Monday’s practice. It’s believed that he sustained a concussion due to a hit from Philadelphia’s Zac Rinaldo. The Flyers forward had a hearing today, but the NHL hasn’t announced the verdict yet.

Update: Letang hopes to play Tuesday, but Penguins coach Mike Johnston cautioned that he hasn’t received medical clearance yet, per the team’s Twitter feed. Johnston also doesn’t think Malkin will skate for a few days.

Cannonball Run…and gun: Team Toews wins highest-scoring game in ASG history

2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game

COLUMBUS — There were goals.

Oh, how there were goals.

Twenty-nine of them, to be exact — the highest-scoring affair in NHL All-Star Game history, which ended with Team Toews beating Team Foligno 17-12 on Sunday night at Nationwide Arena.

The home of the Blue Jackets, perhaps best known for its thunderous goal cannon that goes off every time a puck finds the back of the net, was firing constantly throughout the evening — though only on goals from Team Foligno, much to the relief of eardrums across the arena.

The game was, as the score suggests, light on defense and intensity, but featured an absolute boatload of goals. The 29 eclipsed the mark set at the 2001 All-Star Game in Denver when North America beat the World 14-12 on the strength of Bill Guerin’s hat trick.

Fourteen years later, it was a four-goal effort that led the way. Islanders captain John Tavares potted a quartet of markers for Team Toews, becoming just one of six players to accomplish the feat in an All-Star Game: Dany Heatley (2003), Mike Gartner (’93), Mario Lemieux (’90), Vincent Damphousse (’91) and Wayne Gretzky (’83) were the others.

On any other day, Tavares’ effort would’ve netted him Most Valuable Player honors, but not on Sunday — that went to hometown favorite Ryan Johansen, who finished with two goals and four points (and clearly benefited from the fan voting process for MVP).

While flat at times, the 60th edition of the league’s All-Star gala proved a nice ending for what was a great weekend for Columbus. The city embraced this event with enthusiasm, which included a jam-packed house — 18,901 in attendance — for Sunday’s finale.

“The fans, the fifth line in Columbus here has been unbelievable,” Johansen said following the game. “Thank you so much. You guys are unbelievable.”


Jakub Voracek tied Lemieux’s record for points in an ASG, with six… Panthers rookie d-man Aaron Ekblad acquitted himself nicely after being named to the game as an injury replacement, finishing with four assists… Johansen led Team Foligno in scoring while Patrick Kane, Claude Giroux, Alex Ovechkin and Steve Stamkos each had three points … The only skaters that failed to register a point were Anze Kopitar, Phil Kessel and Zemgus Girgensons, all from Team Foligno… Every Team Toews skater had at least one point.

Supercut: Every goal from the highest-scoring period in All-Star Game history

Ryan Johansen

The 2015 NHL All-Star Game is now one for the record books.

During the second period of today’s tilt at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Team Toews and Team Foligno combined for 11 goals — the highest-scoring period in ASG history.

And now you can watch them all!

Today’s game eclipsed the previous record of 10 goals, set during the second period of the 1997 All-Star Game in San Jose. John Tavares and Steve Stamkos scored twice, with Ryan Suter, Claude Giroux, Tyler Seguin, Rick Nash, Filip Forsberg, Jakub Voracek, and Nick Foligno adding single markers.

As you can imagine, it wasn’t a banner 20 minutes for the goalies. Corey Crawford allowed four goals on 18 shots while Marc-Andre Fleury was ventilated for seven on 16.