Evgeni Malkin injury: Penguins star placed on injured reserve

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Pittsburgh Penguins have placed forward Evgeni Malkin on injured reserve due to a concussion.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have placed star forward Evgeni Malkin on injured reserve, according to NHL.com.

Malkin's placement on injured reserve will be retroactive to Feb. 22, when he suffered a head injury during a game against the Florida Panthers. The team later diagnosed the injury as a concussion, which substantiated a report from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that stated that Malkin was suffering from headaches and disorientation.

Head coach Dan Bylsma later confirmed that Malkin had sustained short-term memory loss and would not be joining the team for their three-game road trip this week.

Malkin sustained the injury during the third period of the game against the Panthers. After colliding with Florida defenseman Erik Gudbranson, Malkin fell back into the boards, which also resulted in his head making impact.

As of Monday afternoon, the Penguins have yet to release any kind of time-table for an expected return from Malkin.

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