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Penguins' Malkin ejected for hit to head of Capitals' Oshie

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Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin was handed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for his illegal check to the head of Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie during the third period of Wednesday's matchup between the rival clubs.

Oshie didn't have the puck, and it's clear Malkin makes direct contact with his head.

Malkin and Oshie have had their differences dating back to last spring. During the playoffs, Malkin shot Oshie's stick into the bench, which led to the two players getting into a brief tussle.

Oshie experienced a bit of everything in Wednesday's game. He was forced to leave in the first period to get stitched up after a high stick. He then left again following the Malkin hit but returned late in the contest to score the game-winning goal.

"My face is a little messed up, but I'm feeling pretty good now," Oshie admitted postgame, according to Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press.

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