February 23, 2013
NHL notes: Penguins' Malkin won't play against Tampa Bay
By QMI Agency

Pittsburgh Penguins centre Evgeni Malkin won't play against the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday. (REUTERS file photo)

The Pittsburgh Penguins won't have star centre Evgeni Malkin in the lineup Sunday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Malkin is reportedly experiencing concussion symptoms and skipped Saturday's optional skate after being injured during Friday's home game against the Florida Panthers.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Malkin has severe headaches and mild disorientation.

"He's getting evaluated," Bylsma said Saturday. "We're waiting to see how he feels and reacts."

Malkin's head slammed into the boards when he fell after being hit by Panthers defenceman Erik Gudbranson during the third period of Pittsburgh's 3-1 win. He skated off and did not return.

"He went into the boards pretty darn hard," Bylsma added. "We're not expecting any timeline to the injury or anything."


Malkin has four goals and 17 assists in 18 games this season.

DIPIETRO CLEARS WAIVERS

Oft-injured goaltender Rick DiPietro cleared waivers on Saturday, paving the way for the New York Islanders to send him to the AHL.

The Isles called up Kevin Poulin from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL and he will serve as Evgeni Nabokov's backup.

But don't think the move is a demotion, Islanders coach Jack Capuano told NHL.com.

"Rick hasn't played in a while. It's not a demotion by any means," Capuano said. "From an organizational standpoint and for Rick, just to go down and get some games because he hasn't had many games."

DiPietro, 31, has only played 50 games since the end of the 2007-08 season due to various injuries.

In three games this season, DiPietro is 0-3-0 with a 4.10 goals-against average and an .855 save percentage.

CLOWE SUSPENDED PENDING HEARING

Ryane Clowe was not in the San Jose Sharks lineup Saturday night after the NHL suspended the forward indefinitely pending an in-person hearing.

Clowe has a meeting with the league in New York City Monday to explain his actions at the end of Friday's 2-1 loss to the Blackhawks in Chicago.

The 30-year-old left the bench to start a skirmish with Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw as time expired. Apparently, Clowe took exception to Shaw's decision to check teammate Joe Pavelski.

Clowe received a minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct while Shaw was given a minor boarding penalty.

Clowe could be hit with an automatic 10-game suspension if the league determines that he left the bench illegally. The Sharks would also be slapped a $10,000 fine.

CANUCKS' BIEKSA INJURED

The Vancouver Canucks could be without defenceman Kevin Bieksa Sunday afternoon in Detroit against the Red Wings.

Bieksa left the Canucks' 1-0 win over the Nashville Predators during the second period with what was termed a lower-body injury.

"He tweaked a groin a little bit," coach Alain Vigneault told the Canucks website. "At first, it doesn't seem to be that serious."

In 17 games this season, Bieksa is tied for the team lead in goals with five.

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