PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has been diagnosed with a concussion and will not accompany the team on its upcoming road trip, coach Dan Bylsma announced following their 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night.
"After the hit in the previous game Evgeni suffered some short-term memory loss and has been diagnosed with a concussion," said Bylsma. "He's had no other symptoms. He's feeling fine and his memory is returning. He will not be joining us for the start of this road trip."
The Penguins' next three games are on the road at Florida, Carolina and Montreal. They return home next Monday for another game with Tampa Bay.
Malkin was injured Friday when he crashed into the boards following a hit from Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson (shown above) during the Penguins' 3-1 win. Reports surfaced Saturday that Malkin had been suffering from severe headaches and disorientation the day after the hit, a report the Penguins denied.
Malkin, the NHL's reining scoring champion and MVP, had scored four goals and added 17 assists in his first 18 games this season.
With him out of the lineup the Penguins have had to shuffle their lines a bit and moved James Neal, Malkin's regular winger, to a line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz to essentially load up and put all of their top firepower on one line.
That line was clearly their best one Sunday and scored two goals in the first period, both coming from Crosby (he also added an assist on a 5-on-3 power play goal in the second period).