Penguins notebook: No activity scheduled for Malkin
Center Evgeni Malkin showed continued signs of progress Tuesday, his agent J.P. Barry said.
Malkin (concussion) missed a second straight game for the Penguins. He did not accompany the club to Florida, where they played the Panthers at BB&T Center on Tuesday night, and he is on the injured-reserve list retroactive to Saturday.
Malkin was injured Friday in a home win over the Panthers. He crashed hard into the end-zone boards at Consol Energy Center after being knocked down by a hit from Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson.
Malkin was diagnosed with a concussion Sunday, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.
There is no timetable for Malkin to resume physical activity, Bylsma said.
“The important thing is that Evgeni is feeling good,” Barry said.
Barry praised the medical staff's handling of Malkin in the days after the hit. He also lauded improvements to NHL concussion protocol implemented March 16, 2011.
Players believed to be at risk for a concussion are required to be removed from games and sent to “quiet room” for on-site examination by a team physician, who administers a baseline cognitive test for evaluation.
The protocol also calls for Malkin to resume physical activity only after receiving clearance from a physician or medical expert with concussion training. He must pass a baseline cognitive test — the Penguins use the ImPACT test developed by UPMC — before returning to play.
• The Panthers played without veteran center Stephen Weiss. He left the team to attend a funeral for his grandmother in Toronto.
Weiss was not the only regular out of the Panthers' lineup. Florida also played without defenseman Philip Kuba and right winger Alex Kovalev. Both were healthy scratches.
• Former Penguins coach and general manager Eddie Johnston attended the game Tuesday. He was joined in the press box by many NHL legends, including his best friend and Hall of Famer Bobby Orr.
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