Malkin replaces injured Crosby in all-star game
Pittsburgh Penguins centre Evgeni Malkin will play in the NHL all-star game after all.
Malkin was named Tuesday as a replacement for teammate Sidney Crosby on the Eastern Conference team for this Sunday's NHL all-star game in Atlanta (CBC, 6 p.m. ET).
The Penguins placed Crosby on the injured reserve list Monday. He is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks as he recovers from a high ankle sprain suffered during last Friday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"I am honoured to be selected to the all-star game and have the opportunity to play with some of the best players in the NHL," said Malkin.
"It is unfortunate that Sidney will not be able to participate. However, I look forward to playing in the game and representing the Penguins organization."
Crosby has 20 goals and a team-high 63 points in 46 games this season. He was chosen as a starter for the Eastern Conference, garnering the most votes in fan balloting for the second straight year.
Malkin leads the Penguins with 26 goals and ranks second on the team with 56 points this season but was originally overlooked by NHL fans.
The Russian sniper was selected second overall by the Penguins in the 2004 NHL draft and captured the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie last season.
Other all-star game additions announced Tuesday include Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas (replacing New Jersey Devils netminder Martin Brodeur) to the Eastern Conference roster, and Anaheim defenceman Scott Niedermayer and forward Corey Perry to the Western team, along with Dallas Stars forward Mike Ribeiro
Perry and Ribeiro replace the Colorado Avalanche's Paul Stastny (who is recovering from having his appendix removed) and Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings (back injury), while Niedermayer takes the place of Stars blue-liner Sergei Zubov (groin and foot injuries).
No reason was stated for Brodeur's absence.
Malkin, Perry, Ribeiro and Thomas will be making their first all-star game appearances.