Malkin concussed, Lucic’s actions OK by Julien and Liles keeps a positive attitude

Evgeni Malkin is the latest Penguins superstar to be diagnosed with a concussion. (Dinur/Flickr)

Evgeni Malkin is the latest Penguins superstar to be diagnosed with a concussion. (Dinur/Flickr)

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has officially been diagnosed with a concussion according to Ryan Rosenblatt of SB Nation. Malkin got hurt after falling hard into the end boards after being shoved by Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbrandson (see the play here) and has been experiencing short-term memory loss.

There is no timetable for his return.

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Despite 14 PIM in the second period against the Panthers yesterday, Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien has no problem with Milan Lucic’s conduct according to Fluto Shinzawa of Boston.com. Ultimately the penalties didn’t matter as the Bruins were able to kill off the penalties on their way to a 4-1 victory, but Julien understands Lucic’s actions stemmed from a hit from defenseman Mike Weaver. From Shinzawa:

Lucic was responding to Weaver’s hit from behind. The Florida defenseman had bumped Lucic headfirst into the boards. No penalty was called.

“When I looked at it between periods, it appeared to be a cross-check,” Bruins coachClaude Julien said of Weaver’s play. “And [Lucic] wasn’t quite close to the boards. We felt that there maybe could have been an original call and we could have been on the power play vs. being down for four minutes. That’s Milan showing his character. We like him for what he is. He just reacted to what he thought was a dangerous play on him. I’ll accept that. So will the team. As you saw, we made sure we killed that off.”

The Bruins are now 94.8% on the penalty kill for the season. Last year the New Jersey Devils set the all-time record by killing off 89.6% of their penalties.

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Despite being a healthy scratch for the past four games, Toronto’s John-Michael Liles is keeping a positive attitude and handling his situation like a true professional according to Mike Zeisberger of The Toronto Sun. Liles told Zeisberger:

“I’m going to do whatever it takes to help this team win,” he said after the Leafs worked out at the University of Pennsylvania’s Class of 1923 Arena.

“And when I get the chance to get back in there, it’s up to me to show them that I belong in there.

“I’ve been around long enough to see this happen to other guys. I saw the way they helped their teammates while they were going through it. And I think I can help the younger guys too.

“It’s never easy not playing. But you have to deal with it like a pro.”

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