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Malkin practices with Pens, could play early next week

Updated: October 16, 2006, 2:12 AM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins rookie center Evgeni Malkin took part in limited contact drills in practice with his teammates Friday, and head coach Michel Therrien said the Russian star could make his NHL debut as early as next week.

Malkin, the No. 2 pick in the 2004 draft, dislocated his shoulder in a preseason game Sept. 20. He probably will not play Saturday against Carolina, and doctors will decide whether he will play Wednesday against New Jersey, Therrien said.

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