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CROSBY LEADS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SCORING

Tuesday, 05.16.2006 / 12:00 AM / Pittsburgh Penguins
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CROSBY LEADS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SCORING

Penguins center Sidney Crosby is continuing his spectacular season at the 2006 World Championships in Latvia.  Crosby has been Team Canada’s best player and leads the tournament in scoring with six goals and 12 points in six games, heading into tomorrow’s quarterfinal game against Slovakia.

Crosby, 18, has picked up where he left off with the Penguins in 2005-06, when he became the youngest player in NHL history to score 100 points.

 Evgeni Malkin, the Penguins first round pick (2nd overall) in 2004, is tied for sixth in the tournament in scoring with eight points (3+5) in six games.  Malkin leads Russia in scoring and leads the team with a plus-5 rating.  The Russians face the Czech Republic in a quarterfinal game on Thursday.

 Malkin, 19, ranked third in the Russian Super League in scoring this season with 47 points (21+26) in 46 games. As the youngest player at the 2006 Winter Olympics, Malkin tied for second on Team Russia in scoring with six points (2+4) in six games.

 Penguins’ forward Ryan Malone had a goal and an assist for Team USA  in a 3-1 win over the Czech Republic earlier today.  Malone is tied for second on Team USA in scoring with four points (2+2) in six games.  The Americans face Sweden in a quarterfinal game tomorrow.

 Malone, 26, scored 22 goals and recorded 44 points in 77 games this season with the Penguins.

Here is a rundown of how current and future Penguins have fared at the 2006 World Championships.

PLAYER TEAM GP G A PTS
SIDNEY CROSBY Canada 6 6 6 12
EVGENI MALKIN Russia 6 3 5 8
RYAN MALONE USA 6 2 2 4
TOMAS SUROVY Slovakia 6 2 2 4
ANDY HILBERT USA 6 0 3 3
JANI RITA Sweden 5 1 0 1
BROOKS ORPIK USA 6 0 0 0

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