Penguins All-Star center Evgeni Malkin will have surgery Thursday to repair two torn ligaments in his right knee and will be out until training camp in September, the team announced.
Although Malkin and doctors had been weighing treatment options since Malkin got hurt Friday night, surgery and a long recovery period remained the most likely course.
Malkin is expected to need six months to recover.
His anterior cruciate and medial collatoral ligaments were torn in a collision with Buffalo defenseman Tyler Meyers. An MRI on Saturday revealed the nature of the injury.
Malkin, 24, is a former NHL scoring champion and Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP. He had problems this season because of a bruised left knee and a sinus infection and had 15 goals, 37 points in 43 games. He was playing in his first game back after the sinus infection when he got the severe knee injury.