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Penguins' Malkin, Blues' Tarasenko to play for Russia

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and St. Louis Blues wing Vladimir Tarsenko are among those who will play for Russia at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, the IIHF announced Tuesday via its website.

Malkin was held scoreless as the Penguins were eliminated by the New York Rangers in five games in the Eastern Conference First Round. Malkin said afterward that he wasn't playing with a significant injury as some had speculated, but that he did require some rest.

Malkin tied Sidney Crosby for the Penguins goal-scoring lead during the regular season with 28 and had 70 points in 69 games.

Tarasenko scored six goals in six games as the St. Louis Blues were eliminated by the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference First Round.

Russia, the defending champion in the tournament, will have goaltenders Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Anton Khudobin (Carolina Hurricanes), defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (Florida Panthers) and forwards Nikolay Kulemin (New York Islanders), in addition to former NHL players Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Radulov.

Kovalchuk will be Russia's captain.

The 2015 World Championship will be played in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic. Russia, which is in Group B along with the United States, Finland, Slovakia, Norway, Belarus, Slovenia and Denmark, opens its schedule May 1 against Norway.

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