Returned to the lineup Friday after missing five games because of a sinus infection and a knee injury, Evgeni Malkin could now be absent for the remainder of the season.
Already the Pittsburgh Penguins have to fend for 12 games without Sidney Crosby, meanwhile, cares a concussion, the date of his return to the game remains unknown for now.
Winners in eight of their last nine outings including the last five, the Penguins saw Malkin fall in battle at the start of the second period. He was the victim of a collision with defenseman Tyler Myers, Buffalo Sabres, along the ramp.
Saturday, the diagnosis of medical staff has fallen. The 24 year old Russian forward tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial right knee. It is not known yet whether it will be operated. If the option of surgery was successful, Malkin should finally put a cross on the current season.
In the absence of Malkin, the Penguins have kept a record of 4-1-0-0 while since Crosby had fallen in battle, their record is 8-3-0-1.
The classification of their division, the Penguins (72 points and 29 games to play) fighting for first position with the Philadelphia Flyers (73 points and 30 games to play), equivalent to the first in the standings of the Association of East.