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Penguins star Evgeni Malkin ejected for swinging stick at head of Flyers' Michael Raffl

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 2/12/2019 Mike Brehm

a baseball player wearing a helmet: Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin in action against the Philadelphia Flyers. © Provided by USA Today Sports Media Group LLC Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin in action against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins rivalry took an ugly turn Monday night when Penguins star Evgeni Malkin was ejected for swinging his stick at an opponent's head.

Malkin was being worked over by Flyers forward Michael Raffl late in the third period near the Philadelphia blue line. When Raffl cross-checked Malkin in the back and then punched him in the back of the head, the center reacted by swinging his stick around one-handed with some force.

Malkin received a match penalty and was kicked out, leaving the Penguins short-handed for the remainder of the game. Jakub Voracek scored 20 seconds later to give the Flyers their first goal of the game.

Here's a view from another angle.

A match penalty requires a league review of the play, but it doesn't necessarily lead to a hearing or suspension.

In fact, Malkin received a match penalty in November for an illegal hit to the head of Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie, but no further discipline was given.

The Penguins had plenty going for them in the 4-1 win. Goalie Matt Murray made 50 saves and Kris Letang set a franchise record for career goals by a defenseman (109). 

The Penguins ended a four-game losing streak and ended their hard-charging division rival's 10-game point streak to get some breathing room in the playoff race before the teams meet outdoors at the Philadelphia Eagles' Lincoln Financial Field on Feb. 23.

But now the Penguins will also need to wonder if they will have Malkin for the next game.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Penguins star Evgeni Malkin ejected for swinging stick at head of Flyers' Michael Raffl

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