CROSBY, CANADA CRUISE INTO SEMIFINALS IN LATVIA
Crosby scored a goal in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Slovakia at the World Championships in Latvia.
Canada advances to face Sweden in the semifinals on Saturday. The winner of that contest plays for the gold medal on Sunday, while the loser plays for the bronze on Sunday as well.
Crosby, the Penguins’ 18-year-old superstar, leads the tournament in goals with seven in seven games. He is tied with teammate Patrice Bergeron, who had a goal and an assist Wednesday, for the overall points lead with 13. Crosby has seven goals and six assists, while Bergeron has five goals and eight assists.
Jeff Carter and Mike Cammalleri also scored for Canada.
Dusan Milo scored the lone goal for Slovakia. Penguins forward Tomas Surovy did not register a point in the contest for Slovakia. He finished the tournament with two goals and two assists in seven games.
Sweden 6, United States 0
Mike Hannula scored a hat-trick to lead Sweden to the quarterfinal victory.
Penguins Ryan Malone, Andy Hilbert and Brooks Orpik all played in the game, but did not register a point in the shutout. Malone, a winger, finished as Team USA’s second-leading scorer with four points (2+2) in seven games. He added 12 penalty minutes. In addition, he was chosen as one of Team USA’s top-three players in the tournament.
Hilbert, a winger, had three assists and 10 penalty minutes for Team USA. Orpik, a defenseman, did not record a point, but finished with 10 penalty minutes.
Russia vs. Czech Republic
Evgeni Malkin led Russia to the top of the Group F standings. Now, he hopes to lead his team to a gold medal in Thursday’s quarterfinal against the Czech Republic.
Malkin, the 2004 second-overall pick, had one assist in Monday’s 3-3 tie with Sweden, which assured Russia the top spot in Group F. Malkin, the Penguins’ 19-year-old super prospect, now has a team-best eight points (3+5) in six games.
The winner of this contest will meet the winner of the Finland-Belarus quarterfinal matchup.
Finland vs. Belarus
Forward Jani Rita, who played in 30 games with the Penguins this year, and Finland take on Belarus in Thursday’s other quarterfinal.
Rita has one goal in give games for the Finns, who finished second in Group E with seven points – one less than Canada and one more than Team USA.