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Malkin to join Russia for World Championship

Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 6:57 PM / News

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Malkin to join Russia for World Championship
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin will join Russia for the remainder of the 2014 IIHF World Championship being played in Belarus.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin will join Russia for the remainder of the 2014 IIHF World Championship being played in Belarus.

Evgeni Malkin
Center - PIT
GOALS: 6 | ASST: 8 | PTS: 14
SOG: 40 | +/-: 6
The Penguins were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday with a Game 7 loss to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Second Round.

The IIHF website said Malkin will join the Russian team Sunday. It plays Germany that night in a preliminary-round game, and faces Belarus on Tuesday.

It is the sixth World Championship for Malkin, 27. He won gold in 2012, when he was the tournament's most valuable player.

Russia is first in Group B with a record of 4-0 (12 points) in the preliminary round.

Malkin had 14 points in 13 games this NHL postseason after getting 72 in 60 regular-season games.

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