Penguins put Evgeni Malkin on injured reserve

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The Pittsburgh Penguins placed center Evgeni Malkin on injured reserve Monday, retroactive to Feb. 22.


Malkin, who was diagnosed with a concussion and suffered short-term memory loss after falling hard into the boards during a 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers this past Friday, can be activated after a seven-day period – March 1, in this case.


Coach Dan Bylsma previously said Malkin would not accompany the team on its upcoming three-game road trip to Florida, Carolina and Montreal.


Malkin had 21 points, including four goals, including 18 games.


Also yesterday, the Penguins signed defenseman Mark Eaton to a $750,000 contract. The former Penguin had been practicing with the team and earlier this season played six games with Wilkes-Barre Scranton of the American Hockey League.


Devils veteran goalie Brodeur nursing a sore back: New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur is being listed as day to day after tests were performed on his sore back Monday.


Brodeur, 40, has missed the past two games for the Devils while dealing with a tweak that he’s been feeling for a few weeks now. Backup Johan Hedberg started and lost both of those games for the defending Eastern Conference champions.


Brodeur last played last Thursday, finishing with 17 saves in New Jersey’s 3-2 win at Washington. He is 8-2-3 with a 2.27 goals-against average this season.


The Devils also returned center Jacob Josefson to Albany of the AHL.


New Jersey returns to action Thursday in Winnipeg.


Sharks’ Clowe suspended 2 games for starting fight: San Jose Sharks forward Ryan Clowe has been suspended two games without pay by the NHL for instigating a fight late in Friday night’s 2-1 loss to Chicago.


The suspension was announced Monday by the league’s Department of Player Safety – Clowe was assessed a minor penalty for roughing and a game misconduct for leaving the bench on an illegal line change to start a fight with Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw with 8.4 seconds left in regulation – an infraction that calls for a 10-game suspension.


But upon further review the line change was deemed legal. Clowe then skated directly at Shaw, who was not engaged with any other player, grabbed him and wrestled him to the ice.


Clowe, who will forfeit $39,189, missed San Jose’s 3-1 loss to Dallas on Saturday and will also sit out Tuesday’s game against Colorado. He is eligible to return Thursday against Detroit.


Semin’s return stirs up emotions for Capitals: Alex Ovechkin is welcoming Alexander Semin back to town as an old friend. The rest of the Washington Capitals have a more complex view of their former teammate.


Forward Troy Brouwer ripped Semin’s work ethic on Monday, reviving the reputation that dogged the talented Russian’s seven seasons in Washington. Semin signed as a free agent last summer with the Carolina Hurricanes, who visit the Capitals today.


Brouwer also says the Capitals had a “very lackadaisical” culture under former coach Bruce Boudreau.


It was a busy day for the Capitals, who also signed goaltender Braden Holtby and defenseman John Erskine to two-year contract extensions.


Today’s game is a big one as the last-place team tries to make up ground in the Southeast Division.


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