Pens’ Malkin likely out for season

Pittsburgh Penguins’ GM, Ray Shero, will likely be shopping for a scoring forward after Evgeni Malkin tore two ligaments in his right knee on Friday night against the Buffalo Sabres. After missing five games with a left knee injury Malkin returned to action against Buffalo, where he again injured the knee while battling in the cormer with defenceman Tyler Myers. Even though an MRI taken on Saturday revealled the torn ligaments, it’s not a sure bet that Malkin, who has scored 15 goals and 37 points this season, will need surgery. “You’re talking about Evgeni Malkin and the quality of player that he is,” Penguins’ coach, Dan Bylsma, said. “He’s a guy that’s won a scoring title and a Conn Smythe. We were anticipating getting him back in the lineup and …healthy … back in the lineup. This is a difficult injury for him.” Unfortunately for the Penguins Malkin looked to be his old dominating self as he registered three shots on goal on Friday, before getting injured in a game that Pittsburgh won 3-2. Meanwhile also still missing from the lineup is captain, Sidney Crosby, who has now missed 12 games since suffering a concussion in early January. There is no direct timetable as to when he will be coming back. “I don’t have a timeline [for Crosby’s return],” Penguins’ general manager, Ray Shero, said. “I know he’s feeling better. Until he’s symptom-free, there’s not much we can say. The good news is that there’s plenty of time for him to come back and make a contribution this season. But, at this point, we just don’t know when he’ll be back.” To Pittsburgh’s credit they have won all three games since the All-Star Break and are just a single point behind the Philadelphia Flyers for first place. All this has been done without , not only Crosby and Malkin, but also without rookie forward, Mark Letestu, who has scored 10 goals and 20 points this season.

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