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Montreal’s Raphael Diaz suffered a concussion

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Defenseman Raphael Diaz has quietly been an important part of the Montreal Canadiens’ surprising success in 2013, but the team will need to cope without him for at least Wednesday (and possibly quite a bit longer).

The team confirmed that Diaz, 27, suffered a concussion on Monday. Tomas Kaberle will take his place in the lineup tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Diaz sustained the injury sometime during overtime of the Habs’ last game against the Ottawa Senators. TSN’s John Bartlett reports that Diaz felt fine during practice on Tuesday but started feeling dizzy later that night.

Diaz has 13 points in 19 games this season. He’s tied with Josh Gorges for the second most time on ice with an average of 20:36 per game.

Malkin (concussion) skates at home

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Injured Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (concussion) skated today in Pittsburgh, according to head coach Dan Byslma.

“He was symptom-free (Tuesday) and progressed to exercise today,” Bylsma said. “I think he was on the ice for 30 minutes or so.”

There is still no timetable for Malkin’s return.

Bylsma said Sunday that Malkin “suffered some short-term memory loss and therefore was diagnosed with a concussion” as a result of a fall into the boards in a home game against Florida on Feb. 22.

The Penguins play in Carolina Thursday evening before ending their three-game road trip Saturday in Montreal.

Habs’ Bourque has concussion, not flu

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Montreal forward Rene Bourque has a concussion, the club confirmed today.

How he got it is another story.

Bourque doesn’t know.

Neither does the team, which originally thought he had the flu.

As such, Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was “shocked” when he learned the concussion diagnosis, according to the Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts.

Bourque, 31, has five goals and five assists in 17 games. The Habs say his status is day-to-day.

No physical activity yet for Malkin (concussion)

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Sidelined Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin (concussion) is resting at home and has no timetable for a return to action.

“There’s not a specific schedule for that right now in terms of physical activity,” Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said today in Florida, where his team will take on the Panthers tonight, minus Malkin.

“The protocol and resting with a concussion, he’s following that right now.”

Bylsma said Sunday that Malkin “suffered some short-term memory loss and therefore was diagnosed with a concussion” as a result of a fall into the boards in a home game against Florida on Feb. 22.

In other Penguins news, goalie Tomas Vokoun will get the start tonight. The 36-year-old’s last outing, Wednesday versus the Flyers, was a rough one, as he surrendered six goals on 32 shots in a 6-5 loss.

‘I’m not a doctor’ — Nash can’t say if he has a concussion

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Injured forward Rick Nash was back on the ice this morning at Rangers practice, but afterwards he wasn’t sharing any specifics about his ailment.

“I feel good,” Nash said, per NHL.com. “It’s getting better … it’s a positive day, for sure … I don’t know about [playing] tonight, but definitely a good day.”

Nash has missed the last three games with what, according to ESPN, is “believed to be a concussion.”

So, is it a concussion?

“Um, I’m not a doctor, so it’s tough for me to analyze that,” Nash said, per ESPN’s Katie Strang.

In other possible concussion news, Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh wasn’t skating this morning.

New York hosts Winnipeg tonight.