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Pens' Malkin Diagnosed with Concussion

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin suffered short-term memory loss and has been diagnosed with a concussion as a result of falling hard into the end boards Friday in a game against the Florida Panthers.

Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma gave the update Sunday evening.

“After the hit Evgeni suffered some short-term memory loss and therefore was diagnosed with a concussion,” Bylsma said. “He’s had no other symptoms. He’s feeling fine and his memory is returning.”

Malkin will not accompany the team on their upcoming three-game road trip to Florida, Carolina and Montreal.

Bylsma noted earlier Sunday that Malkin has not suffered any headaches or disorientation at any point after the hit.

Malkin was skating with speed toward the Florida goal when he collided with Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson. Malkin fell onto his back and slid hard into the end boards. He remained on the ice for a while, being attended to by head athletic trainer Chris Stewart. Malkin got to his feet and skated of his own accord to the bench and headed to the locker room.

UPDATE: The Penguins announced Monday that Malkin has been placed on IR retroactive to Feb. 22. He can be removed from IR after a seven-day period, March 1 in this instance. At that point Malkin can be removed at any time or remain on IR for as long as the team chooses.

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