Malkin injury serious, could end his season


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Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin has two torn ligaments in his right knee -- the anterior cruciate ligament and the medial collateral ligament -- and will be out for an extended period of time, perhaps the rest of the season.

Coach Dan Bylsma said Malkin and doctors are still looking at options for treatment, but surgery is at least a good possibility. Surgery could require months of recovery time.

Malkin was injured during the second period of Friday's 3-2 win over Buffalo when he and Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers collided along the end boards. He had an MRI this morning, yielding the diagnosis, which reached Bylsma just as the team was ending practice at Consol Energy Center.

Malkin was playing in his first game after missing the previous five because of a sinus infection. The Penguins already are without their other All-Star center, Sidney Crosby, who is out indefinitely because of a concussion and has missed the past 12 games.

"You're talking about Evgeni Malkin, the quality of player that he is, a guy who's won a scoring title and a Conn Smythe [Trophy as playoff MVP]," Bylsma said. "After anticipating him getting back in the lineup and healthy back in the lineup, this obviously is a difficult injury for him."

Bylsma called the play on which Malkin got injured "a freak thing" and said there didn't seem to be any intent to injure by Myers, who is 6 feet 8, or any misstep by Malkin that left him vulnerable.

Later in the day, the Penguins recalled forward Tim Wallace from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Wallace, 26, has appeared in 17 NHL games with the Pengiuins. With Wilkes-Barre, he has 15 goals, 28 points in 45 games this season.

The Penguins, who have won five games in a row, play an afternoon game Sunday in Washington.


Shelly Anderson: shanderson@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1721. First Published February 5, 2011 6:15 PM


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