Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) skates off the ice with a team trainer during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Pittsburgh Saturday, March 14, 2015. Malkin returned to action briefly in the first period, then did
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March 15, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby could return to the lineup on Sunday afternoon against Detroit.

Crosby missed Saturday's 2-0 loss to Boston after falling ill following pregame warmups. Coach Mike Johnston said Sunday he's optimistic Crosby will be active.

Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin will sit out after sustaining a lower-body injury in the first period against the Bruins. There is no timetable for Malkin's return but Johnston said he does not believe it is a long-term issue for the NHL's fifth-leading scorer.

The Penguins have been surprisingly good when forced to play without their two stars. Pittsburgh is 29-13-6 with Crosby and Malkin out of the lineup since 2006.

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