DETROIT (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin hurt his left leg against the Detroit Red Wings and the team hopes he doesn't have a long-term injury.
Malkin got tangled up with Detroit's Luke Glendening, lost balance and his left skate took the brunt of a collision with the boards behind Pittsburgh's net.
The Russian forward slowly got up and kept his left skate in the air as he was helped off the ice Saturday night. Malkin was seen walking with a noticeable limp in the team's dressing room.
"He'll get further evaluated," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said after his team's 4- 1 win.
Malkin was called for holding on the play in the third period, but couldn't serve the penalty because he was being evaluated.
Earlier in the game, Malkin went off the ice after getting shook up by a three-man hit. Glendening checked Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz, who hit and knocked down Malkin. He got up and gingerly skated off the ice and went toward the dressing room before returning to play.