DETROIT - Both the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings have been dealing with a slew of injuries, but the Penguins keep winning.
Sidney Crosby, the NHL points leader, scored twice, centre Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists and Pittsburgh beat Detroit 4-1 at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night.
However, Malkin was helped off the ice early in the third period after going into the end boards backward as he thwarted a scoring chance by Detroit center Luke Glendening. Malkin got a holding penalty on the play.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Malkin had a lower-body injury and will be re-evaluated on Sunday.
That was after defenseman Kris Letang was a late scratch for the game with an upper-body injury. He was scheduled to be re-evaluated Sunday as well.
Letang's loss meant Pittsburgh was without its top four defensemen. Brooks Orpik missed a third game with a concussion and Paul Martin (broken tibia) and Rob Scuderi (broken ankle) are both on long-term injured reserve.
The Red Wings also lost another player.
Left winger Justin Abdelkader had to be helped to the dressing room with 30 seconds left in the first period after Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland hit him in the head with his shoulder.
Abdelkader did not return to the game and will have to go through the league's protocol for possible concussions.
Engelland received a five-minute match penalty, which includes an automatic game misconduct.
"He dumps it in and I try to finish my check," Engelland said. "Obviously I'm not trying to hit him in the head or anything like that, but I think I catch his chin a little bit before his body. Hopefully he's all right -- no intentions there to hurt anyone."
He also said he expects to hear from league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.
"It's something the league will have to look at. We have a lot of guys out and we didn't have to lose Abby," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "He's (Abdelkader) a heavy body for us, plays well for us and gives us pace. That hurt us for sure."