Malkin, in 2006, completed a rare triple, playing in the World Junior Championship, the Olympics and the World Championships, all in the same calendar year. Only six players have accomplished this feat: Kenny Jonsson (1994), Darius Kasparaitis (1992), Saku Koivu (1994), Alexei Kovalev (1992), Alexei Zhitnik (1992) and Evgeni Malkin (2006).
He made his first Olympic appearance at the age of 19 and was one of the top penalty killers for the Russians. His six points (2-4-6) in seven games tied for second on the team.
Malkin last suited up for Russia, winning a bronze medal at the 2007 World Championship in Moscow. His 10 points (5-5-10) in nine games earned him a berth on the tournament All-Star Team.
I spent a long summer thinking about that playoff series and what could have been. [The Blackhawks] ended up being the Stanley Cup champions, so we know we lost to a very good team. It's tough to know how close we were, and it motivates us for this year.
— Nashville captain Shea Weber in an interview with the Predators website