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Penguins scratch reigning NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin with upper body injury

Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 6:45 PM / News

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Penguins scratch reigning NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin with upper body injury

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Pittsburgh Penguins scratched reigning NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin from Sunday night's game against the New York Islanders due to an upper body injury.

Malkin appeared to hurt his shoulder in the final minutes of regulation in a 5-4 overtime victory against Toronto on Saturday night when he collided with Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk. Malkin returned to play one more shift but did not take the ice in overtime.

Coach Dan Bylsma says Malkin will be re-evaluated late Sunday night, but added the injury was not related to the concussion Malkin sustained last month that forced him to miss four games.

Malkin has five goals and 19 assists in 21 games this season for Pittsburgh.

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