Game recaps, including injuries to Evgeni Malkin and Justin Abdelkader, Martin Brodeur collects another shutout, Shawn Thornton suspended 15 games and more.

Evgeni Malkin injured in Penguins 4-1 win over the Red Wings.

Evgeni Malkin injured in Penguins 4-1 win over the Red Wings.

TRIBLIVE.COM/THE DETROIT NEWS: Sidney Crosby scored twice as the Pittsburgh Penguins downed the Detroit Red Wings 4-1. It was a costly game for both clubs, with Evgeni Malkin sidelined with an apparent leg injury, while Justin Abdelkader was knocked from the game with a concussion after a hit to the head from Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland, who could face suspension for the hit.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another game, another player sidelined with a possible concussion from a hit to the head. Remind me again how the players are supposedly “getting the message” from the league’s rules targeting reckless play and dangerous hits.

PIONEER PRESS: Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise scored in the shootout as the Minnesota Wild nipped the Colorado Avalanche 2-1.

THE TENNESSEAN: Viktor Stalberg tallied the game winner as the Nashville Predators collected their third straight victory by downing the San Jose Sharks 3-2.

STLTODAY.COM: David Backes scored in overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Martin Brodeur made 33 saves for the 124th shutout of his career as the New Jersey Devils blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning  3-0.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Eric Staal collected three points and Jeff Skinner scored for the third straight game as the Carolina Hurricanes downed the Phoenix Coyotes 3-1.

NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.

BOSTON GLOBE: The NHL has suspended Bruins forward Shawn Thornton 15 games for his attack on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Oprik.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He got what I expected he’d get. There’s talk Thornton could appeal but  I don’t think he’ll succeed in getting the suspension reduced.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers have placed goaltender Tim Thomas (groin injury) on LTIR.