Malkin injured in first NHL exhibition game

Discussion in 'Hockey' started by Babe_Ruth, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) -Evgeni Malkin was injured during his first NHL exhibition game Wednesday night when he collided with Pittsburgh teammate John LeClair early in the second period of the Penguins' 5-4 win over Philadelphia.

    The team said the Russian rookie center was taken to a hospital for further evaluation of an upper-body injury. Penguins veteran winger Mark Recchi also was sent to hospital after he was hit with a high stick in the first period.

    Penguins general manager Ray Shero said Malkin will be re-evaluated Thursday in Pittsburgh, but could not be more specific about the injury.

    "At this point anything else would be speculation," Shero said. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow. Frankly, I was happy he got up considering the way he went down."

    Malkin had just finished making a dazzling pass to LeClair when the veteran winger, after missing a great scoring chance, crashed into the boards behind the net and took out Malkin in the process. The Russian catapulted over LeClair and landed hard on the ice. A hush came over the crowd at Moncton Coliseum as Malkin, the No. 2 overall pick behind Alexander Ovechkin in 2004, lay sprawled on the ice for 3-4 minutes.

    Malkin got up and skated off the ice but was favoring his left arm. He headed straight to the dressing room. There was no immediate word on his condition.

    Malkin had an assist on Sergei Gonchar's first-period goal and also displayed a pair of sensational inside-out moves later in the opening period.

    The 20-year-old Malkin was making his much-anticipated debut after his controversial departure from Russia, a matter that remains in the hands of lawyers on both sides of the ocean because he signed a contract with Russian club Metallurg Magnitogorsk before also signing a three-year deal with the Penguins.

  2. Forbidden

    Forbidden Guest

    There are so many different reports on how long he is out for from like a few weeks to 3-6 months. I don't really blame LeClair, they said the ice was bad numerous times. Hopefully he'll be back soon.
  3. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    I am really mad to see get him injured because I was looking forward to see him play in the NHL this season. Hopefully he'll get healthy fast and come back the sports he can so easily dominate.
  4. eric

    eric Guest

    I HATE preseason in the NHL.

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