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Updated: Penguins’ Malkin leaves game after Gudbranson hit

Feb 22, 2013, 9:37 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin left tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers after taking a heavy hit into the end boards.

Malkin went sliding into the boards after coming together with Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson less than five minutes into the third period. Malkin was attended to by a member of the Penguins training staff before leaving the ice and going to the dressing room.

Malkin added an assist on a Chris Kunitz goal in the second period. For Malkin, it was his 17th helper of the season. The Penguins went on to defeat the Panthers 3-1.

Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma offered this update following the game:

“He’s getting further evaluated this evening; we’ll know more tomorrow,” he told

The Penguins also sent out an official update, reiterating Bylsma’s comments to the media.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Skated off on his own…dude’s a horse.

  2. broadstbully33 - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    He just can’t Han with the young kids. Couts owns him and gudbransson just threw him like a tag doll

    • handsofsweed - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Malkin had 1.33 ppg in the playoffs last year and 2 points the other night. Please, keep “owning” Malkin…forever.

      • handsofsweed - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:53 PM

        The one thumbs down came from the douchebag that says “if you take away the two TD runs of 68 and 74 yards, we held him to 38 yards on 18 carries.”

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      Like a what?!

  3. aklolzer - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Hope he’s paralyzed.

    • sportsfreak13 - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      You are a despicable human being

      • pens5829 - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:33 AM

        Nah. Just another dumb, angry douchebag with a keyboard.

    • mlblogskschmidt319 - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:57 PM

      Your medical knowledge is astonishing. Tomorrows headline: “Paralyzed Hockey Player Skates Off Ice Under Own Power”

    • ironman721 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      Wether it’s a star player or a fourth liner, you never want to see injuries especially if it involves a head injury. As for the guy above with the “paralyzed” comment; I don’t usually get involved with the trash talking that some of the trolling fans do on these articles but you have hit a new low. I don’t even expect something like this from eigglenobrains. You are a disgusting excuse for a human being and you suck at life. You don’t ever need to post again 💩head!

    • 950003cups - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:32 AM


      Dude, nobody hates on the baby antics of Pens fans and their douchey ways of defending that slimeball Matt Cooke, than I do here.


      Under ZERO circumstances does a fan of the game of hockey wish paralization on ANY player. Let alone a clean player like Malkin. I just can’t sit idle with a comment like that. You need to understand that comments like that are a huge taboo.

      Please NEVER type that in a public forum. It’s not God’s way.

      I hate guys like Matt Cooke. I wish him to get a taste of his own medicine. But what you wished, I would never wish on ANYONE!!! I would be mortified if evensomeone like Matt Cooke was to even be threatened by an injury like that.

      • nosefacekillah - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        Well said. I find the Penguins a disgusting organization but never wish injury on any player. As much as I despise what Cooke has done and what he stands for I would never hope for an injury. He should be out of the NHL but I wish him his health.

        Malkin is a great player and the sport is weaker without him. Get well soon.

    • letsgopens8771 - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      You are a piece of dog crap on society’s front porch, who does not know anything about hockey. Go throw yourself into a woodchipper.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 23, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      That’s BALLSY, bro….Karma’s a b*tch…be careful today – honestly.

      • rosettast0ned - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        That’s pretty low dude. Malkin is a clean player he doesn’t deserve that, and this is coming from a guy who despises the Pens. I can understand trash talking, but wishing paralysis on another human being, really?

    • govtminion - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      Successful troll is successful at trolling.

  4. steelers88 - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    I just hope Malkin doesn’t have a concussion.

  5. Stiller43 - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    That did not look good. Head injury for sure. Hope hes back quick.

    For the jackass that said you hope he’s paralyzed, youre not only stupid (he skated off, pretty sure he can move), but youre pathetic as well.

  6. steelers88 - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Hey akalozer obviously Malkin is not paralyzed he skated off the ice.

  7. broadstbully33 - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Nice clean hit

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      No one disputed that. Thanks for your continuing value-added contribution!

      • murtdurt - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:49 PM

        I’m pretty sure broadstreet sits in his mom’s basement waiting for PHT to post a penguin article to troll it.

        1975 bro

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 23, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        He does, and it’s cool by me – there’s others that do also…it kind of adds something, for me. It’s a constant reminder that no matter who wins the cup, no matter who scores a goal or gets injured, no matter what changes in hockey…Philly people will always be horrible, horrible people.

  8. Stiller43 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:05 PM


    Of course it was clean, who said it wasnt?

  9. chanceoffleury1 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Not good. Hopefully it was just whiplash.

    *Prayer circle for Evgeni Malkin*

  10. steelers88 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Is it possible the Pens bad luck Blue jersey strikes again??? If Malkin has a serious concussion that has to be it for those blue sweaters. Get well soon Geno.

  11. steelers88 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:38 PM


  12. broadstbully33 - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Lol u pitiful commenters just recycle my old comments. How sad are you. Hopefully shrek is ok after getting owned by another kid

    • handsofsweed - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      Sweet. Like you’re just going to change mathematical facts by posting on a website. 1.33ppg. (Notice how I don’t try and make some fabricated claim that we actually won that playoff series? Of course not. You’re semi-literate, so you re-invent things like math.)

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 23, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      Malkin still got a point last night, even with his ice time down. Got injured working his BUTT off…obviously you aren’t used to seeing that type of effort.

  13. sjsharks66 - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    How has “G” been this season? Not very well for being “the best player in the world” last season in the playoffs and now accepting the C. Call me a troll all you want, it does not change the fact that Malkin is a better player then “G” and he was never shut down last year in the playoffs. Stop listening to the biased flyers announcers. If they said the sky was purple, you would believe it.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Was it Flyers announcers who said that? Nope. You have to be a closet Pens fan (despite your Sharks label) because you make constant disparaging comments about Philadelphia when you clearly know nothing about the city or the team. Do you even know who the Flyers announcers are? Because they’re no more biased than any other broadcasters for any team around the league. People hear little clips of video on PHT and think they know everything about a team. As for Malkin, great player, but you cannot say he had anywhere close to the impact of Giroux in the playoffs last year. He wouldn’t hate Couturier so much if his play wasn’t seriously affected by him. After his MVP last season, Malkin was a nonfactor in atleast 3 of the 6 games, and there’s no arguing his game was thrown off. Malkin, the former 2nd pick, with an unbelievable size and skill combo, was expected to be great and he fulfilled that. Still difficult but not much was expected of Giroux going back to his junior days. He wasn’t even drafted in Juniors, overcame major questions about his skating and size, and worked hard to become a great player. But comparing the two is like comparing apples and oranges. Giroux v. Crosby is a better comparison. Crosby is better, BUT during that series Giroux outplayed both Crosby and Malkin. And he played like the best player in the world during those 6 games. As for this season, 16 pts in 19 games isn’t too shabby especially when your line has been a revolving door. Without Jagr and Hartnell he’s had atleast 6 different linemates. Crosby, Malkin, and Giroux… all great players.

  14. jonkchar - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    wow. got some despicable people on the comments

  15. broadstbully33 - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Malkin had one good game all playoffs last year. Maybe open your eyes and re watch it. Couts owned him all series and even had a hat trick. Malkin had a good game when bryz let up 10 goals. He scored some really important goals huh?

    • handsofsweed - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      1.33 ppg.

  16. bobhpine - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:43 PM


  17. jmikeymania - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    So…Wasn’t this thread about Malkins possible concussion/whiplash? It looks like his back hits hard then his head snapped back into the boards. Hope he doesn’t miss much time at all. I’m a Pens fan, love the trash talk that goes on with Philly but not when it turns into what it is above. It’s just pointless then. Get well quick, Geno.

  18. letsgopens8771 - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    Seriously, you Flyers fans and other trash talkers who say stuff like “He can’t hang with the young guns anymore and hope he’s paralyzed” need to throw away all the empty beer bottles on your couch that you just had after getting wasted and get a life. Malkin is 26, only about a year or so older than Crosby, not that old. Malkin is one of the hardest-working players in the NHL, and last year he put the team on his back. Geno is a class act, just like Sid.

    BTW, I absolutely hate that garbage, piece of trash, disgrace-to-the-game Wayne Simmonds, but I defended him when he got a concussion. I didn’t say, “I hope he keeps getting hit in the head so he can’t play again.” Simmonds is a piece of crap, but I don’t wish ill on others. Even as a Penguins fan, I also defended Marian Hossa after the Raffi Torres and Jannik Hansen hits.

    Watch, everyone is going to jump on the “Geno is a baby,” “Geno’s lost a step and he’s lazy” bandwagons. I am here to tell you that not only do you have no Idea what you are talking about, but you also don’t know the game of hockey.

    LET’S GO PENS!!!

  19. steelers88 - Feb 23, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Malkin experiencing concussion symptoms. Severe head ache and mild disorientation officially ruled out for Sundays game.

  20. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 23, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    The incessant, pointless trash talk from broadst above does not represent all Flyers fans. It’s one thing to argue over the results of a game or a series, but it’s another to have dumb disagreements on a page about a potential serious injury. No true hockey fan, or sports fan for that matter, wants to see a player seriously injured. Let alone paralyzed. That’s just a disgraceful comment. I hope Malkin is not seriously injured. The force that he hit his head was shocking, and it looks easily concussion-worthy but who knows. We all know the skill level of Malkin as he’s arguably the most talented player in the game. Anyone saying he’s lost a step or anything stupid like that doesn’t know what they’re talking about. I hate him, but I hate him bc he’s good. Anyway, hopefully Malkin isnt out for an extended period, it’s much sweeter to beat the Pens when they’re fully healthy.

    As for Simmonds… in no way is he a disgrace to the game. Saying that is almost on the level of accusing Malkin of being unable to keep up with younger players. He plays a hard, physical game that any team would love to have. How often do you see a player with his size and speed also able to handle himself in a fight? Saying he’s a piece of trash is simply sour grapes from a Pens fan unhappy with the results of Wednesdays game.

    • sportsfreak13 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Thanks for keeping it classy man. Doesn’t look good for geno and I don’t expect to see him back anytime soon. The reason pens fans hate wayne simmonds is the same reason flyer fans hate geno, he’s good. Not to mention simmonds has a way of getting under our players skin. Can’t wait till the next pens vs flyers game and I hope hartnell, mez, and geno are all back for it, however I doubt the later will be.

    • ironman721 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM


  21. steelers88 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Whoa sportsfreak it’s going to be okay. We don’t know how long this concussion thing is going to last it could last a week it could last a year.

  22. steelers88 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Hey PhillyPhanatic77 I live in Lancaster PA. I can name you the Flyers announcers Jim Jackson, Keith Jones, Bill Clement, and Steve Coates. Yes the Flyers announcers are homers. They aren’t bigger homers than the Penguins announcers Paul Stigerwald, Bob Errey, and Dan Potash.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      Exactly. There isn’t a broadcasting team that doesn’t slant towards the team they watch. They’re paid to give a perspective from their respective teams. Doesn’t mean Jim Jackson, Bill Clement, and Keith Jones don’t know what they’re talking about. I’ll leave Coatesy out of that last point haha.

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