PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins have placed star centre Evgeni Malkin on injured reserve after being diagnosed with a concussion over the weekend.
Malkin was hurt during Friday's game against Florida after his head slammed into the boards during the third period of Pittsburgh's 3-1 win.
Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said after Sunday's game against Tampa Bay that Malkin suffered some short-term memory loss after the incident, but has had "no other symptoms."
Malkin was rushing toward the net when he was taken out by Florida defenseman Erik Gudbranson on a clean hit. As the Penguins star slid backward, the back of his head slammed into the boards.
He remained on the ice for a time before skating off under his own power.
In 18 games this season, last year's Hart Trophy winner has four goals and 17 assists.
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Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins is tended to by medical staff in the third period of their Feb. 22, 2014 National Hockey League game against the Florida Panthers in Pittsburgh. The Penguins won 3-1, but lost Malkin to a concussion.
Photograph by: Justin K. Aller, Getty Images