Evgeni Malkin Injury: Updates on Penguins Star's Status

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIFebruary 22, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 04:  Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins lies injured on the ice during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at Consol Energy Center on February 4, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Penguins defeated Buffalo 3-2.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin left the team’s Friday night matchup against Florida after a hard slide into the boards left him shaken up. 


UPDATE: Monday, Mar. 4, at 11:36 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Evgeni Malkin (concussion) will make his return to the game action tonight, the Penguins announced this morning.

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UPDATE: Monday, Mar. 4, at 10:46 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Evengi Malkin (concussion) continues to make progress by participating in morning skate-arounds with his teammates, the Penguins announced this morning.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Mar. 3, at 1:06 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for Penguins fans as Evgeni Malkin (concussion) is making progress, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Shelly Anderson.

Center Evgeni Malkin, who is recovering from a concussion, is on the ice for an optional Penguins practice at Southpointe. This is his first time skating with teammates. He is not wearing any sort of non-contact gear, but there probably won't be much contact.

The Penguins' official Twitter account went on to add more details from Malkin himself:

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 28, at 12:50 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Malkin was able to skate again today, but still didn't provide a timetable for the star's return to the Penguins lineup.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 3:50 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Some positive news today for Malkin and the Penguins, as the superstar was able to skate on Wednesday, according to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

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UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 25, at 1:57 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Rough news for Penguins fans as Evgeni Malkin has been placed on IR, the team announced this afternoon.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Feb. 24 at 10:55 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

According to Dejan Kovacevic, Malkin's symptoms have been diagnosed and more information has been released about what actually happened after the fateful hit. Per the tweet, he will not be traveling with the team on its current road trip:

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UPDATE: Sunday, Feb. 24, at 11:50 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

The Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account has the latest on Evgeni Malkin:

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UPDATE: Saturday, Feb. 23, at 12:20 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

The Penguins will have to continue to wait for superstar forward Evgeni Malkin to return the ice. Pittsburgh reported the following news on Malkin's injury via Twitter:

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UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 22, at 10:31 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

According to the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter feed, Malkin left the game on his own accord after hitting the boards hard and more information regarding his injury will be available Saturday.


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Malkin left immediately to the locker room following the collision, according to CBS Sports (via Twitter):

The defending Art Ross and Hart Trophy winner was able to get up and skate off on his own accord after spending some time down on the ice. It’s an encouraging sign that he could get up and skate off on his own, but he looked dazed from the impact. The hit went down with 15:13 left to play in the third period and the game locked up at one goal apiece.

It was delivered by Florida’s Erik Gudbranson on a break by Malkin as he was making an attempt on goal from the left wing.

Malkin slid backward and his head appeared to bounce off the boards, resulting in visual whiplash following the initial contact. Take a look for yourself:

The defending NHL scoring champ has been a key piece again for the Penguins this season, racking up 21 points (second on the team) thus far, trailing Sidney Crosby by just four points. His 21st point came during the second period on an assist to Chris Kunitz, who scored the power-play goal for the Pens.

Geno's known for his indiscretions, too. Malkin has spent a team-high 30 minutes in the penalty box for the Pens this season.

Malkin’s teammates responded after losing their alternate captain, adding two more goals to give the fifth-place Penguins their 12th win of the season.

We’ll keep you updated on the latest on Malkin’s condition as information becomes available.