Malkin injured in first NHL exhibition game
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
The Associated Press
MONCTON, New Brunswick -- Evgeni Malkin was injured in his first NHL exhibition game tonight when he collided with Penguins teammate John LeClair early in the second period against Philadelphia.
The rookie Russian center was taken to a hospital for further evaluation, the team announced. Penguins veteran winger Mark Recchi also was sent to hospital after he was hit with a high stick in the first period.
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.
Malkin, 20, 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.