Penguins star Evgeni Malkin did not play Sunday against the New York Islanders. However, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma confirmed before the game that Malkin is not dealing with a head injury, but an “upper-body” injury. Penguins head athletic trainer Chris Stewart appeared to be looking at Malkin's right shoulder in the third period against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night, although there is no confirmation from the team that the injury is shoulder-related. Malkin attempted to duck a hit from Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk midway through the third period in the Penguins' 5-4 shootout victory. Van Riemsdyk hit Malkin solidly into the boards, the right side of his body taking the brunt of the hit. Malkin skated slowly back to the bench and conferred with Stewart. Malkin then took one more shift. He did not, however, return for the remainder of the third period or overtime. It remains unknown if he would have been called upon in the shootout, which is a non-contact exercise, but his presence wasn't necessary because forwards James Neal and Sidney Crosby scored to quickly decide the game in the Penguins' favor.
Malkin’s absence not concussion-related
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Mar 10