PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Evgeni Malkin stepped up when Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby battled concussion problems for the better part of two seasons.
Now, it's Crosby's turn to return the favor.
Crosby had two goals and an assist to lead Pittsburgh past the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Sunday night in the Penguins' first game since reigning MVP Malkin was injured.
"They're a dangerous team, so we wanted to make sure we played in their end as much as we could," Crosby said. "They don't need much room in order to create chances."
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Malkin was diagnosed with a concussion after slamming back-first into the end boards during Friday night's win over Florida.
Bylsma said Malkin, whose head snapped back when he hit the boards, initially suffered short-term memory loss, but he is improving. Still, Malkin will not join the team when it begins a three-game road swing Tuesday.
"He's feeling fine and his memory is returning," Bylsma said.
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