Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is experiencing concussion symptoms after taking a big hit on the boards during the third period of Friday night's home victory over the Florida Panthers.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Saturday through multiple sources that Malkin has severe headaches and mild disorientation. He is not expected to play Sunday against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.
Malkin left the game after Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson checked him hard into the boards. The back of Malkin's head appeared to bounce off the boards, and his neck snapped back in a whiplash-like motion. He did not get up for more than a minute after the hit, but eventually skated off the ice under his own power.
He was not available for comment after the game.
Coach Dan Bylsma said Malkin would have further medical evaluations on Saturday and his status updated after practice.
Malkin, the reigning league MVP, has four goals and 17 assists this season.