The Pittsburgh Penguins lost the services of Evgeni Malkin for a few games, but regained first place in the NHL’s Atlantic Division with home wins over Florida and Tampa Bay over the weekend.
Malkin sustained a concussion while sliding into the boards in Friday night’s 3-1 victory over Florida, and missed the Pens’ 5-3 triumph over Tampa Bay on Sunday night. He reportedly will not go on the Penguins’ upcoming road trip. Coach Dan Bylsma confirmed on Sunday evening that Malkin had suffered some short-term memory loss, and had been diagnosed with a concussion.
Chris Kunitz, Matt Niskanen and Dustin Jeffrey all scored goals for Pittsburgh on Friday, while Mike Weaver found the net for the Panthers.
On Sunday against the Lightning, Sidney Crosby scored the game’s first two goals and added an assist, and Beau Bennett tallied his first NHL goal on a power play. Paul Martin and Matt Cooke also scored for the Pens, and Marc-Andre Fleury earned the win in goal. Eric Brewer, Steven Stamkos and rookie Cory Conacher all scored for Tampa Bay.
Pittsburgh (13-6) will travel to Miami to play the Panthers again on Tuesday night. Radio pregame airtime on 96.3 KQW will be 7:00 PM. The Penguins’ road trip will also take them to Carolina and to Montreal.