In his first game back after missing five games with a injured left knee, Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin is now out for the immediate future when he suffered a torn ACL and MCL against Buffalo Friday night. Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said “This is a difficult injury for him. It was kind of a fluke situation going into the boards with a guy. That’s a tough injury for Geno. We have dealt with games without him. We’ve managed to find our way without him. That’s what we’re going to have to look at now.”
Malkin won the Art Ross and Conn Smythe awards during the Stanley Cup season in 2009, but has been slowed by injuries over the last two seasons. He’s played in 43 of Pittsburghs 53 games this season, registering 15 goals and 37 points. Currently Pittsburgh is one point in the division and conference standings behind Pennsylvania rival Philadelphia.
The Penguins has suffered various injuries to key players this season including forwards Jordan Staal, Sidney Crosby, and goalie Brent Johnson.