The Pittsburgh Penguins did not receive good news today. After the Penguins defeated the Florida Panthers last night 3-1, head coach Dan Bylsma said that Evgeni Malkin would be re-evaluated after slamming into the boards at full speed as a result of a legal hit from Erik Gudbranson. However, Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Malkin is experiencing concussion-like symptoms, including painful headaches. He will not play tomorrow night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. If you did not see the Malkin incident from yesterday, here it is:
The Penguins can only hope this is not another incident like the one of Sidney Crosby in 2011. Crosby missed a large chunk of games after receiving hits to his upper body in two straight games. Malkin’s situation has some stunning similarities to David Steckel‘s hit on Crosby at the 2011 Winter Classic. The game was held in Pittsburgh and the Penguins were wearing their alternate blue jerseys against a Southeast division team. In addition, the Penguins are scheduled to play the Tampa Bay Lightning next, just like it was in 2011.
Bylsma may give the media an update on Malkin’s condition after practice today. Stay tuned for further news.