Evgeni Malkin was more seriously injured than we knew.
The Pittsburgh Penguins center who missed the final six weeks of the regular season, but returned for Games 3 through 6 against the New York Islanders underwent successful surgery on his right knee, according to a relase from the Penguins Friday afternoon.
You can see video and the original story from Malkin’s collision with Boston Bruins defenseman Jared Tinordi on March 16, here.
After struggling to get into game shape at the start of the season, Malkin was on fire until his knee injury. Malkin finished with 28 points (8-20-28) in 34 games. At the time of his injury, he and Kasperi Kapanen began to click. Malkin was on an eight-game scoring streak with 12 points (4-8-12) in those eight games.
From the Pittsburgh Penguins release:
The procedure was performed by head team physician Dr. Dharmesh Vyas and Freddie H Fu of UPMC Sports Medicine, at UPMC Montefiore Hospital.
Evgeni Malkin was injured after a collision during the game on March 16 versus the Boston Bruins. He was sidelined for the final six weeks of the regular season, as well as Games 1 and 2 of Round One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Malkin is expected to be unavailable for training camp in September. The team expects to have a more definitive time frame for his return at that time.