Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin was helped off the ice Saturday in the third period of a game against the Detroit Red Wings after he crashed into the end boards behind the Pittsburgh goal and didn't return.
Malkin was injured when he fell to the ice and slid into the boards feet first when defending on a shorthanded chance by Detroit forward Luke Glendening. He was not putting any weight on his left leg as he was helped off the ice at Joe Louis Arena with 17:41 remaining in the third period.
Pittsburgh's medical staff took Malkin into the dressing room in the second period for observation after he appeared to strike his head on the ice following a collision with two other players.
Though Malkin was seen walking in the locker room after the game, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said he needs to get further evaluated on Sunday.
Malkin had a goal and two assists before he left the game, which the Peguins won 4-1.