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
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
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.