Montreal announced between periods the defenseman suffered an upper-body injury.In the second period, Staal collided with Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban at center ice. Staal's right skate twisted awkwardly, and when the center attempted to get up, he struggled to put weight on the foot. Staal tested it again on the bench, but headed back to the locker room.
NHL Network reported Staal left the arena on crutches.
Update: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and TSN report Staal underwent surgery Friday night to repair a severed tendon that runs across the top of the foot. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma told the media during Saturday's morning skate the center is day-to-day.
Staal's injury, however, is similar to what Markov suffered during the regular season. The Canadiens defenseman missed 35 games.