Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/20/06 at 09:00 PM ET
Evgeni Malkin was injured during his NHL debut Wednesday night after colliding with Pittsburgh Penguins teammate John LeClair early in the second period. Malkin had just finished making a dazzling pass to LeClair when the veteran winger, after missing a great scoring chance, crashed into the boards behind the net and took out Malkin in the process. The Russian rookie catapulted over LeClair and landed hard on the ice. A hush came over the crowd at Moncton Coliseum as Malkin, the second overall pick behind Alexander Ovechkin in the 2004 NHL entry draft, lay sprawled on the ice for 3-4 minutes. He got up and skated off the ice but was favouring his left arm. He headed straight to the dressing room. There was no immediate word on his condition.I am sure Pens fans will kep us posted with any updated news. added 8:52pm, How it happened... added 9:11pm, Make sure to check the comments. Pens fans will keep us posted and now are mentioning that Malkin is back in the arena after visiting the hospital. Also, check the TSN link, they will update in that link throughout the evening.
Looks like he was favoring his left shoulder/arm.
added 9:33pm, from the original TSN link which has been updated,
Penguins general manager Ray Shero said Malkin will be re-evaluated Thursday in Pittsburgh, but could not be more specific on his injury.
“At this point anything else would be speculation,” said Shero. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow, frankly I was happy he got up considering the way he went down.”
added 8:45am, Thursday, Sept. 21st, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Malkin, a rookie making his first preseason appearance, left the game with what some team officials feared was a dislocated left shoulder 62 seconds into the second period, after colliding with linemate John LeClair behind the Flyers’ goal line.
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