Race2Four: Geno Hopes Parents Are on Way

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Race2Four: Geno Hopes Parents Are on Way


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Pittsburgh's favorite sports couple -- Vladimir and Natalia Malkin -- hoped to be at Mellon Arena by Friday night for a Game 2 against the Ottawa Senators.

Their son, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, said his parents' pilgrimage to his adopted U.S. home has been delayed by the visa problems of older brother Denis.

Malkin said his parents and brother, who hasn't visited Pittsburgh since 2007, were set to arrive after the Vancouver Olympics wrapped in early March. However, Denis Malkin's visa troubles were unforeseen, and their arrival is now in the hands of government officials handling paperwork.

Vladimir and Natalia Malkin developed a cult following for their good-natured exchanges with fans during the playoffs.

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Scratch'em

Left wing Ruslan Fedotenko was scratched from his first playoff game as a Penguin. Replacing him in the lineup was forward Mike Rupp, who did not play in Game 1 on Wednesday night. Fedotenko had scored seven goals in 25 previous postseason games with the Pens. Other healthy scratches were right wing Eric Godard and defenseman Jay McKee.

The Senators were without winger Milan Michalek, who is out for the playoffs after tearing his ACL in Game 1. He was replaced in the lineup by right wing Ryan Shannon. Healthy Ottawa regulars not in the lineup were: wingers Shean Donovan; center Joshua Hennessy; defensemen Jared Cowen, Derek Smith and Brian Lee; and goalie Mike Brodeur.

New backup goalie

Goalie Brad Thiessen had never dressed for an NHL game before donning a Penguins sweater for Game 2. Thiessen was recalled from the AHL on Thursday because Brent Johnson, the Penguins' backup, is experiencing flu-like symptoms. Johnson did not practice yesterday morning, and he did not play last night.

Wild return

Former Penguins assistant general manager Chuck Fletcher attended the game. Fletcher worked closely with general manager Ray Shero in building the Penguins' Cup winner.

CATCHING AN EDGE: Different view of game 2

Mike Rupp wanted to experience the feeling of the Stanley Cup playoffs at Mellon Arena, even if the Penguins forward couldn't be on the ice against Ottawa for the opening of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

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