Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/13/14

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 30: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks on during the game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 30, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The news keeps getting better for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Reigning NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin returned to the lineup Thursday night against Winnipeg after missing nine games with an upper-body injury. The team activated Malkin less than a day after acquiring Calgary captain Jarome Iginla in a blockbuster trade. To make room for Malkin, the Penguins sent rookie winger Beau Bennett to Wilkes Barre-Scranton of the AHL. Malkin has five goals and 19 assists in 24 games this season. He sat out four games earlier this season because of a concussion. Pittsburgh's No. 1 goaltender, Marc-Andre Fleury, was scratched from the lineup while recovering from a collision in a 1-0 win victory over Montreal on Tuesday night. Tomas Vokoun started against the Jets, with Jeff Zatkoff called up from the AHL to serve as a backup.
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