Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin left in the third period of a 5-4 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night after sustaining an upper-body injury.
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After absorbing a hit from Toronto forward James van Riemsdyk in the final period, Malkin took one shift before sitting out the rest of the period and the five-minute overtime. He did not take part in the shootout.
"He wasn't sitting out because of his play," coach Dan Bylsma said. "Just an upper-body injury. Just kept him out the rest of the game there and overtime and shootout."
Asked if there was a prognosis, Bylsma replied, "Don't have one (right now). He'll certainly be re-evaluated. In the game, it was more precautionary than anything at that point in time."
Before he was injured, Malkin assisted on Paul Martin's first-period goal, giving him 24 points in 21 games.
Malkin missed four games with a concussion from Feb. 22-March 3. He was injured then after crashing into the end boards in a game against the Florida Panthers.
Losing Malkin again could make life tougher for the Penguins, who play five games in the next eight days, including two against the Boston Bruins and one against the New York Rangers.