February 7, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) and defenseman Simon Despres (47) celebrate a Pittsburgh goal against the Washington Capitals during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins News: Evgeni Malkin to Return Monday

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin returned to the ice for an optional practice on Sunday and, in a somewhat surprising move, Malkin is already returning to the active lineup. It will be the first time Malkin returned to action since suffering a concussion in the team’s win against the Florida Panthers a week ago.

The team followed proper NHL protocol and Malkin passed all of the evaluations include an ImPACT neurocognitive test.

In Malkin’s absence, the Penguins were 2-2.

They will happy to see the return of the defending NHL scoring champion and MVP to their lineup.

The Penguins will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at the Consol Energy Center.

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