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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Malkin Won't Need Surgery but Still Faces 6 Weeks Out

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Evgeni Malkin, re-examined by doctors Monday, will not need surgery on his dislocated left shoulder but could be sidelined up to six weeks.

Malkin, expected to team with Sidney Crosby to give the Penguins one of the NHL's top center combinations, was injured during his first exhibition game Wednesday. Malkin collided with teammate John LeClair behind the net during a game in Moncton, New Brunswick.

If Malkin is out for a month, he is likely to miss the Penguins' first seven games. A six-week layoff would cause him to miss approximately 10 games.

Surgery likely would have forced Malkin to miss up to two-thirds of his rookie season -- a major setback not only to his career but to the Penguins' hopes of improving this season following four consecutive last-place division finishes.

Despite being injured, Malkin, 20, is expected to rejoin the team at West Point, New York, this week for four days of team-building exercises. The Penguins flew Monday from London, Ontario, where they played an exhibition game Sunday, to West Point, and do not play another game until Friday.

It is uncertain how much physical work Malkin can do during the West Point camp, but teammates said the injury appears to be less serious than they initially feared it might be.

"The way he went down, I was just hoping he was going to get up," Crosby said. "It was pretty scary the way he went down over Johnny like that. The way he hit the ice, I wasn't sure if it was his neck or his face or what it was."