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Malkin helped off ice after awkward fall to boards

Dec 14, 2013, 9:06 PM EDT

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A Saturday night with highs (including his 600th career point) and lows likely ended a few minutes into the third period for Evgeni Malkin, as he needed some help getting off the ice after an awkward tumble into the boards.

The Pittsburgh Penguins star fell backward into the boards. He was unable to put any weight on his left leg as his teammates helped him off the ice.

The 27-year-old seemed to dodge a bullet earlier in this game against the Detroit Red Wings, as he slowly made his way to the locker room after seemingly hitting his head on the ice. A Penguins teammate hit a Red Wings player, who then collided with Malkin on that play.

Again, it was a night of highs and lows, though; Malkin factored into three goals as he found the net once and collected two assists.

He now has 601 points in 490 career regular season games. Hopefully it won’t be too long until he appears in No. 491.

Update: The Penguins did get the win, so there’s that. They beat Detroit 4-1 tonight.

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Team reacts to Shawn Thornton suspension

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  1. killerpgh - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Didn’t look good at all. Best case is probably a groin/hammy from doing a split after he hit the board. But who knows look like it could be any number of serious injuries like a foot/heel/knee.

    • valoisvipers - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      Pitts Gazette reports that Malkin was seen walking to a training room after the game and had no limp. So maybe all is good. The game needs Malkin in Beast Mode back again soon.

  2. ash0war - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Can Pittsburgh really have more players out of the lineup right now injuries injuries injuries and suspensions if Derek get suspended we might have more call ups then Regular players…

  3. hazlydose - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    It didn’t look like a broken leg. His left leg awkwardly extended. Most likely a soft tissue injury over a broken leg. That could either be good or really bad.

  4. steelers88 - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    It kind of reminded me of when Sidney Crosby slid into the boards and got a high ankle sprain. I could be wrong I’m not a doctor. It could be a torn hamstring, a torn groin, a broken leg, a high ankle sprain, or a ACL tear. Hopefully he can comeback this year.

    • drewzducks - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      I think you left out appendicitis.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        Drew, I was thinking fractured jaw. But I’m not a philatelist.

  5. drewzducks - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Karma is a Crosby.

  6. orrbourquechara - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Not a huge Penguins fan based on recent events, but wish Malkin all the best. World Class talent the league needs. Hurt on a hustle play too.

  7. scaarepittschamberofcommerce - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    wow i thought the whole “we will post an article about the pens reaction later” thing was a joke…

  8. muckleflugga - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    you hope it’s not a heel injury…

    malkin’s skate contacted the kick-board in a way eerily similar to joni pitkanen’s, producing a nasty and possible career ending injury…

    there is absolutely nothing to stop the shock from going through the skate blade and into the heel bone…soft tissue injuries would be preferred over fractures in foot bones or ankle joints…

    or as stated, evgeni ruptured his appendix, in which case he’ll be skating by wednesday

  9. hairpie2 - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    …..and “someone” from the Bruins was suspended for it.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      Yeah, but it was Don Awrey, so I wouldn’t be too upset.

  10. steelers88 - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Well Yohe just said that Malkin was limping around in the locker room he was moving okay.

  11. pdmjr - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Malkins injury minor, headache walking normally

  12. drewzducks - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Hate to go back to this karma thing but…he was rushing back in an attempt to prevent a short handed scoring attempt from the Wings after a Crosby give away. Why were Crosby and Malkin on the ice together ? Because they were on a power play due to a blatant high stick to the face of Pens D man Bortuzzo from ? Sidney of course. So because when Sidney high sticks his own teammate a penalty on the opponent is required, thus giving a power play to the Penguins. But because of said “Crosby Rule” power play the above events unfolded. A fitting ending no doubt.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      “Required” only when the referees mess up and no video review is allowed. Oops. I’d blame the NHL before blaming Crosby. Try to imagine a player turning down a power play for his team by fessing up on such a play. Has never happened, will never happen.

    • cheesesteak75 - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      Hate the Pens much?

  13. ash0war - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    People have serious Sydney Crosby issues! Your just jealous he don’t play for your team leave the guy alone.

    • drewzducks - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      Sydney ? What is this, Australian Rules Hockey ?

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:44 PM

        I too am a Crosby fan, but no one is terribly envious of ash’s language skills. :-(

  14. ash0war - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Ok I have an iPhone and I spoke it and it spelled it differently than I meant my bad lol

  15. jhaegs - Dec 15, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    On a side note, who were the announcers for this game? I only caught the highlights on NHL GameCenter, and the guy not doing the play by play annoyed the crap out if me. If I heard “Oh boy”, “Geez”, or “Wow” said under his breath one more time, I was going to flip out. They need to turn his mic off until he actually has something to say.

    • hazlydose - Dec 15, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      If it was the Pittsburgh feed, Paul Steigerwald was the play-by-play and Bob Errey was the color commentator. Steigy usually isn’t bad, but I’m pretty sure Bob Errey is drunk for half the games.

  16. jhaegs - Dec 15, 2013 at 5:07 AM

    *of me

    These iphone keys are way too small…

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