Penguins’ Malkin hurts left leg against Red Wings

Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin hurt his left leg against

the Detroit Red Wings and the team hopes he doesn’t have a

long-term injury.

Malkin got tangled up with Detroit’s Luke Glendening, lost

balance and his left skate took the brunt of a collision with the

boards behind Pittsburgh’s net.

The Russian forward slowly got up and kept his left skate in the

air as he was helped off the ice Saturday night. Malkin was seen

walking with a noticeable limp in the team’s dressing room.

”He’ll get further evaluated,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said

after his team’s 4- 1 win.

Malkin was called for holding on the play in the third period,

but couldn’t serve the penalty because he was being evaluated.

Earlier in the game, Malkin went off the ice after getting shook

up by a three-man hit. Glendening checked Pittsburgh’s Chris

Kunitz, who hit and knocked down Malkin. He got up and gingerly

skated off the ice and went toward the dressing room before

returning to play.

Malkin had a goal and two assists in the game, giving him 601

points in his career. He ranks among NHL leaders this season with

41 points.

He will be a key player for Russia’s quest to win gold in men’s

hockey when it hosts the Winter Olympics in two months. That may

explain why Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk and fellow Russian

appeared to be waiting to talk to Malkin outside the Penguins

dressing room well after Saturday night’s game.

Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang was a late scratch before the

game because of an upper-body injury and will be evaluated along

with Malkin on Sunday.

”I really don’t have a great idea on either,” Bylsma said when

asked if the players might have long-term injuries.