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Penguins GM says Malkin, Hornqvist played injured against Rangers
28 2015 .  By Jenn Menendez / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin played on a sprained ankle that was not completely healed during the playoffs, General Manager Jim Rutherford revealed in a candid media session this morning at Consol Energy Center.

Patric Hornqvist also played with a broken rib.

Geno is the type of guy thats not going to use excuses. But he sprained his ankle, OK? He came back sooner than most players would, Rutherford said. He continued to play on an ankle that was not 100 percent. [Patric] Honrqvist was the same. He had a broken rib. He came back and he played with it.

The Rangers eliminated the Penguins in five games in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Malkin was held without a point during the playoffs, and had no goals in his last 15 games. He had no points in his last 10.

Malkin will play for Russia during the upcoming World Championships, according to Rutherford, who said he suspects the ankle injury could limit the number of games or amount of minutes he plays.

I do believe Geno is going to go and play for Russia. He told me yesterday he wasnt sure hed play all the games, Rutherford said. But hes committed to his country. He didnt want to say no to them, so he will go over there, and I think hell kind of play it by ear, but I would suspect hell play some games.
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