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Malkin out of tonight’s game with upper-body injury, not a concussion

Mar 10, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

Evgeni Malkin AP

It turns out Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin‘s injury from last night is going to require a little time off.

Coach Dan Bylsma announced last season’s league MVP would miss tonight’s game against the Islanders with an upper-body injury. He made it clear the injury was not a concussion and that he’d be evaluated further tonight.

Malkin already missed time this season with a concussion and tacking on another one would’ve been enough to send the city of Pittsburgh into a panic. As it is, the injury he suffered last night on his collision with James van Riemsdyk looked more like a shoulder issue than one with his head. For what it’s worth, the Penguins next game after tonight is Tuesday against Boston.

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