Evgeni Malkin leaves game, ‘will be evaluated tomorrow’

Evgeni Malkin took a hit from Dalton Prout against the boards and had to leave in discomfort.

Evgeni Malkin was forced to leave Pittsburgh’s game in Columbus Friday night with an apparent injury.

Early in the second period, Malkin was forechecking hard in the Blue Jackets’ zone and attacked the puck behind the net. As you can see in the video above, Malkin runs up against the boards as Columbus defender Dalton Prout is backing up into him to protect the puck. Malkin appears to favour his left hand as he slowly made his way off the ice.

After the game, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Malkin would be evaluated on Saturday.

The Penguins lost the game 3-2 and next play Sunday in New York against the Rangers at 12:30.

In 57 games this season, Malkin has 27 goals and 58 points, which is second on the team to Sidney Crosby.