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.
He's a strong kid. He's a competitive kid, and certainly not afraid to go into the corners. He's got the skating ability to escape and help us execute in certain situations, but he's got that competitive nature that's a huge part of it too, especially against a team like this.
— Wild coach Mike Yeo on defenseman Matt Dumba, who used a hard slap shot to score his first career playoff goal in Game 1 win vs. Blues