geno malkin Evgeni Malkin returned to the lineup and had an encouraging game in the Penguins 4-2 loss to the Sabres, picking up an assist and going 11 of 18 in the faceoff circle. “I thought he played with a lot of jump, lot of jam in his game, puck protection, holding people off, shooting the puck, “head coach Dan Bylsma said of Malkin’s play vs Sabres. “Shot the puck, had a couple chances, thought he played real strong. He was himself.”