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Malkin feeling concussion symptoms after last night’s hit

Feb 23, 2013, 9:47 AM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have a major star dealing with concussion symptoms and this time it’s not Sidney Crosby.

Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports defending NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin is dealing with symptoms including a “severe headache and mild disorientation” after his wicked collision with Florida’s Erik Gudbranson last night. They’re not anticipating that he’ll play tomorrow night and have no timetable for recovery.

This news is crushing for the Penguins for a multitude of reasons with the biggest being they know how long these kinds of issues can linger after seeing Crosby go through what he did for the better part of two seasons. While Crosby missed time, Malkin (and Jordan Staal) were able to lift their games so the team didn’t suffer badly without him.

Now it’s on Sid the Kid and Brandon Sutter to do the same for them while Malkin recovers, however long that turns out to be.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 23, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Should be interesting to see how they respond to this. If it’s anything like how they responded short-benched yesterday they’ll be fine – but I think it’s more the system than the players in it. They were a good team without Sid, they’ll be good without Malkin too.

    However, IF Shero was thinking about a move for offense, whether it be a wing or a center that can play wing (even though I know they’re heavy on centers), now would be a good time as long as he doesn’t give too much.

    Get better, Geno – but don’t rush it.

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


      No other player can simply fill the void left by Geno’s absence but the main thing is that Geno takes whatever time he needs to recover. Sutter is a skilled center who can pick up some of the offensive slack in that second line center line role until Geno gets back. But, now would be the time to go get that complimentary winger to round out the top 6. It doesn’t have to be for the second line. Finding another guy to play with Crosby and slotting Kunitz down onto the second line with Neal is another option. I’m in the “which deal nets us the best option” camp.

      If any positive comes from this, maybe it’s that the team is forced to become more disciplined defensively. It would serve them well in the long haul.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      Oh get better gino don;t rush it geno, get gone dbag !

      • pens5829 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        Dumbass comment explains who the dbag is.

      • aso513 - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        eiggles showing what jealousy looks like.

  2. broadstbully33 - Feb 23, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Poor shrek…

  3. whiskytango333 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Not sure how I feel about that hit yet. Maybe a tad wreckless with the shove, but not like he rode him into the boards. Bad deal any way you slice it. Pens just cant catch a break with injuries. Very frustrating as a fan.

    • hy3rid28 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      What? there was absolutly nothing wrong with that hit. he shoved him before the goal line… and what are you talking about, the penguins had a completely healthy team going into that game not 1 injured player… if anyone can complain about injuries right now its the flyers

      • pens5829 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        Hit? WHAT hit? Took his skate out from under him with his stick.

      • crosberries - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        Pens5829 your thinking of when orpik went into the boards because the guy shoved his stick into his skates Malkin hit was clean but unfortunate.

    • whatthepuck2012 - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      Yeah, we’ve actually been lucky, injury-wise.

  4. ironman721 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    That is awful but hopefully he will be ok. He just can’t rush back. Next man up. Sutter time to cowboy up! Let’s go Pens🐧!

    • c1md6 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      I get the optimism, and fans should always be optimistic, but the “next man up” phrase usually is implied to a 3rd line center and isn’t thrown around when it’s the reigning MVP, there’s “no man up” ready to fill those skates. I know everyone is saying, “we were fine without Crosby'” well maybe it’s blasphemy to some people but the reality is Malkin is much better than Crosby, if Malkin was a Canadian born player he would easily be donned the best player in the league/ world. Nothing away from Crosby but Malkin is the best player on that team and has been for years, he was the main reason theres a 2009 Stanley Cup banner hanigng from the rafters.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        Pretty sure your opinion is fine by everyone (certainly is by me) but I disagree…Bylsma’s system has nothing to do with being set around one man. It’s a loss, to be sure, and not a hole that you just “refill” – but the system is still there, they’ll be fine. The Pens have been without Malkin before, and he may only be out for a few games!

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        Two completely different players. You can’t compare.

        Malkin was dominant in 08-09. Crosby’s 31 points in the postseason are evidence that he was as well.

      • gospitfires - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        lets see, Sid has the highest goal total in a season between the 2 of them at 51. Sid has the highest total assists over malkin in a season with 84. He has the highest single season point total between the 2 of them at 120 points. Sid has averaged more points per game throughout his career than malkin. Sid has a Gold medal clinching goal, Sid knows how to play defense, quite frankly malkin is putrid in his own zone and his plus minus reflects it. Im not sure where exactly malkin is better than sid in any place on or off the ice.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        I get the “Malkin vs. Crosby” argument on whom is better, but the reality is that neither of them is “much better” than the other. Crosby is leading the league in points right now and Geno is the reigning MVP. I’m just gonna leave it at that because I don’t want this to get turned into a “Who is better?” argument. You can think whoever you want to think is better, that’s a matter of opinion. But the point is that they both make extremely convincing arguments as to why THEY’RE the better one. At the end of the day neither is ever really the clear cut winner, though.

      • c1md6 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        with that logic you’re saying that Stamkos is a better goal scorer than Crosby because he scored 60 to Sid’s 51 season total? Malkin has been a little off this year in his own zone but a slump is nowhere to draw your opinon on whose a better two way player. In fact, in since 08-09 Crosby is a +80, PIM 401, HITS 105, Blocked Shots 73. Malkin, +72, PIM 426, HITS 119, Blocked Shots 77. Game winning goals. (in 434 games) Crosby has 28 GWG, (in 427 games) Malkin has 34 GWG. Since you’re throwing around peronal accolades for Crosby with the gold medal game Malkin’s resume in not blank either with an already a 2 time Art Ross Trophy winner added in.

      • 4hockey - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        Who Cares! They are BOTH great players who bring a lot to the game with their different styles! Can’t believe that you guys get caught up in all of this. Enjoy the game for once and stop the bickering. “Mine is bigger than Yours” stuff! I’m just happy that they are BOTH on my team.

      • gospitfires - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        i listed career numbers, i didnt pick and choose the numbers taht made my argument better. i mean i can list the point, hits,blocks and whatever from lastweek till today which blatently favor Sid, but i felt judging there entire careers side by side would be more fair, and it was.

    • gospitfires - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      after all, the numbers you list include a full season that sid didnt even play in the league. how is taht balanced or fair? and to argue even in jest that stamkos is better because he had a higher single season goal total, what is that even supposed to me? so what,i list 6 things sid has over stamkos. shall i do the same for sid V stamkos.

      sid more points per game, highest poitn season between the 2, career and season high, better defensively.

      stammer-most goals in a season.

      did u even think this argument through at all?

      • gospitfires - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        third sentence should read “season goal total, what is that even supposed to mean? so what, i listed 6 things sid has over malkin”

  5. dawglb - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    There should be no fines or suspensions handed out for that play. You hate to see anyone hurt. However, as violently as he hit the boards, it wasn’t due to the opponent. It was more timing, location, speed,…..

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      Agreed, no one said it was dirty.

      • crashtheboards55 - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:04 PM

        That play was no where close to dirty. He was trying to take Malkin out of the play. Malkin lost his edge and went into the boards. It happens. I still think the Pens need to beef up their D in front of the net. The flyers pushed them around with an injury depleted lineup. Hopefully Malkin takes his time and doesn’t rush back.

  6. ironman721 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    🚨⚠Warning we have another eigglenobrains Troll Advisory on a Pens article. This person is considered extremely stupid! Do not engage him in direct conversation. Doing so has been know to serious decrease in intelligence. 🚓🚔

  7. broadstbully33 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Owned by another kid

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      That’s four times you posted the same thing, but aside from proving Philly people are classless slobs it’s not proving your point. He was hustling to the net, got shoved, went into the boards…if he hadn’t been working so hard and skating so hard to the net he wouldn’t have gotten hurt. You’re not used to seeing players work so hard, so I’m sure it seems to you that he got “owned”.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      Look I like to support Flyers fans but this point isn’t very good. Gudbranson got an ok check in but it was more about Malkin losing an edge and his momentum carrying him into the boards. Not really the force of the check. He wasn’t exactly owned. I won’t argue Couturier is a weakness for him, but can’t agree with the rest.

      Anyway, I don’t think anyone is surprised by this news (as unfortunate as it is). The way he hit his head I’d be supremely surprised if he was feeling good today. Concussions are the scourge of the sports world. Hopefully he’s not missing as much time as Crosby did.

      • pens5829 - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        You’d lose your edge to if I jammed my stick into your skate while your leaned over trying to stop. If you actually watched the game, and saw replay after replay, you”d realize this. Happens all the time. Just so happened Malkin was flying by the dude and that was his only saving grace of stopping him. I get it. Guys like him can’t hang with Malkin so they do what they can to survive. That kinda play play happens.

        As for Broadstbully33. Guys like Couts and Gudbranson have nowhere near the talent to keep up with Malkin, so they do what they do best to survive. Gudbransons is trying to play hockey. Couts goon it up because they don’t have the talent to play legit hockey.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        Uh pens5829 I was defending Malkin not insulting him. And nothing about Couturiers game is goon-like. In fact, Malkins retaliations against Couturier have been far more goonish than anything he’s done. Plus he doesn’t need to keep up with him when he’s taking him completely off his game on every shift.

  8. csilojohnson - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    eigglenosuperbowl, are you in elementary school or is that just your reading level? Take your time. Read your moronic comments before you post, because they don’t make much sense.
    Geno should be fine. Everyone seems to ignore the fact that Sid was out with an undiagnosed Neck injury. Not a concussion.
    Hopefully this gives Geno some time to find his game again. He has been a turnover machine up to this point in the season.

  9. steelers88 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Ha Cd1m6 you make me laugh obviously you don’t watch the Penguins because Crosby is hands down way better than Malkin. I’d take Crosby over Malkin any day.

  10. steelpenbucs87 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Malkin’s speed turned out to be his own worst enemy there. It was a clean standard hockey play with unfortunate results.

    Get well soon Geno but don’t rush it.

  11. broadstbully33 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM


    • goalieguy37 - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:37 PM


    • aso513 - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      Even after Wednesday, how them standings looking this morning Broad St.?

  12. drewzducks - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Have a tough time understanding all the hate and concussion remarks coming from the Philly lowlifes, especially after the closest that their best player over the last 20 years came to a Cup is the drool cup that he’s required to keep with him atvall times whenever he leaves his house.

    • handsofsweed - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      Man, not all of the Flyers fans are acting like this, only a few. And you can’t make fun of Lindros while calling out Flyer fans for making fun of….concussions. Seriously?

  13. orangeandblack67 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Good thing he didn’t hit his face. Wouldn’t want to ruin that money maker.

  14. blahblahblah333 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Hey Filthadelphia fans….1974. I’d worry more about than Malkin.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      1975 actually. Although we won in ’74 as well.

  15. steelers88 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Man I hate concussions I’m trying to get over one right now suffered it 3-4 days ago. Slipped and fell on hard wooden steps and hit head on every step going down. Symptoms: Headache, dizziness, nausea, difficult balancing, and light sensitivity. Man it sucks.

    • valoisvipers - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      Hope you get over it real soon there steelers88.

  16. mclovinhockey - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Lol @ blahblah, if you are gonna insult a team do it right. It’s 75 numb nuts. Well hope Malkin is alright but if not, at least people won’t be getting speared as much.

    • blahblahblah333 - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Guess I should check first when using my mobile. My mistake…you sticking your chest out now cuz its 75 not 74? Also, my nuts are not numb. Before you insult someone, do it right. LOL @ saying another player from another team is a cheap shotter when you have clowns like Hartnell and Reynoso. Keep wearing your We were champions in ’75 shirt. Stay classy Filthy fan.

  17. 950003cups - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Poor Dr Malkinstein. I really hope he comes out of this 100% healthy. Great player. Good for hockey.

  18. c1md6 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    @steelers 88
    Lol no wonder you think Crosby is the clearcut better player, you hit your head pretty hard that explains it.

  19. steelers88 - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Their both great players. Regardless if its Crosby or Malkin going down it hurts the Pens. Many teams would take at least one these two players on their team were just lucky enough to have both of them. Malkin probably can’t win a Cup with Crosby being injured and Crosby can’t win a Cup with Malkin being injured they work as a team.

  20. ironman721 - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    You are making head injury jokes on an article about concussions. Real classy. You can go back under your rock anytime now any try not to kill any kittens or small children on your way back down. 🚽

    • c1md6 - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      Wait a minute glass house, you’re calling me classess for making a comment on a head injury but then in the same breath accuse me of killing children and…kittens!? Well I think my head joke was just completley dwarfed by your sick and demented thoughts, whatever problems you may be facing i hope you recveive the help.

      • ironman721 - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        You obviously can’t read either or don’t comprehend the English language. I was asking you not to do those things because you have no class and you do not have a grasp on reading comprehension either. Lack of class and illiteracy are not good traits to have and you should really focus on them both before you demonstrate any further stupidity while commenting on Penguin articles. In other words go to class and learn some class. Now go back under your rock.

  21. salsendardo - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Every hit that ends in an injury is not dirty or even reckless. It’s hockey and people get hurt.

  22. mclovinhockey - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    @pens5829, I assume by couts you mean coots, so saying he can not keep up with Malkin and he is a goon when he is the farthest thing from a goon and played malkin perfectly in the playoffs just shows you need to watch more hockey and not make a post you know nothing about.

  23. broadstbully33 - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Owned by another rookie

  24. sjsharks66 - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    To sum up Philly fans comments;

    Malkin is ugly, Cindy, shut down by a kid, classes, dirty, Pierre loves the pens, Mike M loves the pens, the NHL loves the pens, Shrek, cooke is dirty.

    It is the same thing every time. You guys need new material.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      So much different than: filthy, filthadelphia, Cryers, 1975, and gingers right? Dude how can you label yourself a sharks fan when all you do is worship the Pens?

      • ml3939 - Feb 24, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        He can’t answer you with Pens’ parts in his mouth.

  25. mj1818 - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    And James Neal

  26. joewilliesshnoz - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Pens fans actually get to see a little skill and some goal scoring prowess, while Flyer fans get to watch a scrum by a bunch of thugs in the goal crease.

  27. ebruce29 - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:18 PM


    very well put

    Take your time & get well, Geno!
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

    Let’s go, Pens!!

  28. steelers88 - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Great Penguins wearing 3rd jerseys again tomorrow look out Sidney.

  29. puckyouall - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    I hear the Twatowa Owner wants Cooke suspended for that hit on Malkin.

  30. bobhpine - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Sad or see Flyer fans reveling in the concussion problems of Malkin, especially considering Giroux’s history of concussions (to say nothing of what happened to Lindros and Primeau before him).

    But that’s karma. 1975 happens for a reason.

    • ml3939 - Feb 23, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      And bobhpine should know about being a negative poster here. And he can, because he goes about half of the Pen’s games each year, sits in a box, has a parking pass, drinks wine and eats free food. Just take a shot at him, he will give you his credentials. This guy is 100% Pittsburgh royalty. I recommend the comments section be closed now. Big roller bobhpine has spoken.

      • bobhpine - Feb 23, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        jealousy is unbecoming

      • bobhpine - Feb 23, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        Too bad you didn’t get to the game today…I guess you’re used to it.

      • bobhpine - Feb 23, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        By the way, check the placement of that apostrophe on “Pen’s” smart guy

      • ml3939 - Feb 23, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        Yes, I long for the days where I can sip Pinot with my boys at a game. I am also aware of proper apostrophe location, chalk it up to a typo. But thanks for the heads up.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        Bobhpine, you really take that much pride in being able to afford your box, that you insult fans who can’t afford to go to every game? And staying separated from the commoners who aren’t fit to be in your presence? People like you are what’s wrong with this country and why people think Pens fans are spoiled, conceited brats.

      • ml3939 - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        Your moronic hockey related comments and and “presumed” status for attending games is pathetic. The only comparison I can think of is the college girls that go to Phillies games because Citizen’s Bank Park is a desirable place to be seen. Ultimately they just want to get nailed by some drunk dudes. I hope your game attendance has gotten you railed by a bunch of guys which is the only logical conclusion I can derive from your transparent comments.

  31. orangeandblack67 - Feb 23, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    You talk about stale material, yet all I here from pens fans is 75 this and goons that. Need I remind you penguins only have 1 more cup than the Flyers. You all act like the pens are some sort of dynasty. It took them almost 25 years to win their first cup and after Mario it took 16 more years of horrible hockey to win another.

  32. steelers88 - Feb 23, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Pens fans need to calm down. Everyone thinks that Malkin will be out as long as Crosby was remember Crosby also had a neck injury.

  33. bobhpine - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Ha… You should keep longing for it…for now just save up for a ticket in the upper decks…although that might also be beyond your means.

  34. rexadelphia8 - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Who is Crosby gonna be play catcher for now? He needs someone to put their puck in his net. It’s ashame that quazimotto got his head smashed in, maybe that will rearrange his face from it’s already horrendous appearance to something that doesn’t offend and blind our eyes. I’d rather take a chance and look at medusa than that mongloid

    • theageofquarrel - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Typical. Derr derr derr.
      At least learn how to spell before you attempt to trash someone.
      It’s spelled Quasimodo. Also mongoloid is spelled this way

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