Malkin finishes World Championships wth 5 goals in 5 games


Russia went into the IIHF World Championships as one of the most motivated teams after their embarrassing loss to Canada in the Olympics and they continued their dominance in World Championship play, winning 8 straight games to advance to the Gold Medal game Sunday night against Czech Republic. However, the Czech Republic stunned Russia Sunday night, ending a 27-game Russian win streak at the IIHF World Championships with a 2-1 gold medal victory. It was another disappointing finish for the Russians who got a boost for the final five games of the tournament when Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar joined the team last weekend. Malkin, the 2008-2009 Art Ross Trophy winner, had a solid tournament scoring five goals and two assists in five games played. Malkin was effective on the power play scoring three power play goals in the tournament. Malkin is coming off a playoff run with the PittsburghRead More »

Malkin, Ovechkin fuel Russia’s 4-2 win over Czech Republic


Evgeni Malkin scored twice and Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves leading Russia (2-0-0-1 7pts) to a 4-2 win over Czech Republic (2-1-0-0, 6 pts) Sunday afternoon. Rivals Evgeni Malkin (2 goals, 1 assist) and Alexander Ovechkin (1 assist) played on the same line for the first time in the tournament, combining for 4 points as the Russians rebounded from a disappointing loss Thursday night to Slovakia. Ovechkin was limited to only one assist but fueled the Russian’s win with a game changing shoulder-to-head open ice hit on Czech Republic star Jaromir Jagr that led to an odd-man rush for the Russian’s and Evgeni Malkin netting his second goal of the game to give Russia a 3-1 lead. Czech Republic’s Milan Michalek scored at 14:51 of the third period to cut Russia’s lead to 3-2 but Russia’s Pavel Datsyuk scored an empty net goal with 13 seconds remaining to seal theRead More »