Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Malkin concussed? (update)
By Victoria Matiash
UPDATE: Diagnosed with a concussion, Evgeni Malkin has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Feb. 22.
"After the hit Evgeni suffered some short-term memory loss and therefore was diagnosed with a concussion," coach Dan Bylsma said on the Pittsburgh Penguins' website. "He's had no other symptoms. He's feeling fine and his memory is returning."
Bylsma disputed reports that Malkin had ben suffering from a severe headache and mild disorientation.
There's no timetable for return yet.
The Pittsburgh Penguins may have to manage without Evgeni Malkin for more than just one game. Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the star forward appears to have a concussion after smacking his head off the end boards in Friday's victory over the Florida Panthers.
"Malkin experiencing concussion symptoms, including severe headache and mild disorientation, multiple sources confirmed Saturday ... He is not expected to play against Tampa Bay at home on Sunday night, the sources said ..."
If necessary, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Brandon Sutter would fill Malkin's spot as second-line center alongside James Neal and Beau Bennett. And Dustin Jeffrey would center a third line with Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy.