MALKIN'S GOAL LEADS UNBEATEN RUSSIA PAST SLOVAKIA
Evgeni Malkin continues to produce at the World Championships.
Malkin, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 19-year-old super prospect, scored a goal Wednesday to lead Russia to a 4-3 win over Slovakia to wrap up preliminary-round play.
Malkin, the second-overall choice in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, scored Russia’s second goal. It came with 2:34 left in the first period and knotted the score at 2-all.
The young Russian leads his team with five points (2+3) through three games. He ranks tied for third in overall scoring behind Canada’s Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron, who both have seven points.
Crosby, the Penguins’ 18-year-old star, has four goals and three assists in three games. He leads the tournament in goals.
Washington Capitals rookie Alexander Ovechkin, the only NHL player on Russia’s roster, was shut out for the second-straight game.
Penguins winger Tomas Surovy had a goal for Slovakia. He tallied the team’s first goal 6:00 into the contest.
Russia (3-0) moves on to the qualifying round. Canada (3-0) and the United States (2-1), who feature Penguins Ryan Malone, Andy Hilbert and Brooks Orpik, also advanced.