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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Malkin Injured in 1st Exhibition Game

MONCTON, New Brunswick -- Evgeni Malkin was injured during his first National Hockey League exhibition game Wednesday night when he collided with Pittsburgh teammate John LeClair early in the second period of the Penguins 5-4 victory over Philadelphia.

The rookie center was taken to a hospital for further evaluation, the team announced. Penguins veteran winger Mark Recchi was also sent to the hospital after he was hit with a high stick in the first period.

Malkin had just finished making a pass to LeClair when the veteran winger, after missing a great scoring chance, crashed into the boards behind the net and took out Malkin in the process. The Russian catapulted over LeClair and landed hard on the ice. A hush came over the crowd at Moncton Coliseum as Malkin, the No. 2 overall pick behind Alexander Ovechkin in the 2004 NHL draft, lay sprawled on the ice for 3 to 4 minutes.

Malkin got up and skated off the ice but was favoring his left arm. He headed straight to the dressing room. There was no immediate word on his condition.

Malkin had an assist on Sergei Gonchar's first-period goal and also displayed a pair of sensational inside-out moves later in the opening period.

Malkin, 20, was making his much-anticipated debut after his controversial departure from Russia, a matter that remains in the hands of lawyers on both sides of the ocean because he signed a contract with Russian club Metallurg Magnitogorsk before also signing a three-year deal with the Penguins.