PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins overcame the loss of one of their top stars and found a way to beat the Florida Panthers.
Matt Niskanen and Dustin Jeffrey scored third-period goals to send the Penguins to a 3-1 victory on Friday.
But center Evgeni Malkin was injured and missed the last 15 minutes of the game.
Chris Kunitz also scored for the Penguins, and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves in his first start in five days.
Malkin was injured with 15:09 left in the third period. Pittsburgh's second-leading scorer was driving to the net down the left side and was off-balance after releasing the puck when Erik Gudbranson checked him.
Malkin slid back-first into the end boards, his head snapped backward and he remained down on the ice for several moments, but skated off on his own. There was no penalty on the play.
Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said that Malkin was being evaluated and they'd know more on Saturday.
Teammate James Neal called it a "tough hit."