Evgeni Malkin missed the Pittsburgh Penguins' game on Sunday for what has now been diagnosed as a concussion. Head coach Dan Bylsma announced on Sunday that the NHL MVP was dealing some some memory loss and confirmed the diagnosis.
Bylsma says Malkin had some short-term memory loss and has been diagnosed with a concussion.— Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) February 25, 2013
Malkin was injured in Friday night's win over the Panthers when he crashed back-first into the boards. It was a normal-looking play as he took a normal shove from Erik Gudbrandson before falling to the ice and hitting the boards, but his head snapped back violently upon hitting the boards. Once that happened, a normal play turned scary, and Malkin stayed down on the ice before being attended to by trainers. He skated off the ice on his own, but went straight to the locker room and was ruled out indefinitely.
The Penguins beat the Lightning 5-3 on Sunday in their first game without Malkin thanks to two goals and an assist from Sidney Crosby. Malkin's injury forced a line change, with his normal linemate James Neal moving up to the first line with Crosby and Chris Kunitz.
There is no timeline on Malkin's return yet. The Penguins will play Tuesday in Florida before visiting Carolina on Thursday and Montreal on Saturday in mini three-game road trip.
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