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2019 World Championship: May 13

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

The 2019 World Championship is underway in Slovakia. The Pens have 7 players representing their native countries in the international tournament. The event opened this weekend. Here is a quick look back at Monday's action.

* Patric Hornqvist remains red-hot as he had his second straight two-goal game in a 9-1 win over Norway. The forward now has 5 tallies in the opening 3 contests, tying him for the tournament lead with Finland's Kaapo Kakko, a top prospect for the 2019 NHL Draft. Hornqvist's line with Toronto's William Nylander and Vancouver's Elias Pettersson has had terrific chemistry in the tournament thus far.

* Matt Murray backstopped Canada to an exciting 6-5 win over host Slovakia. It was a back-and-forth affair all game, with Canada trailing 2-0 and 4-2 at different points in the contest. But Murray came up with some huge stops, including one on Richard Panik in the final minutes, to allow his team to get the winner with 1.8 seconds remaining in regulation. Murray finished with 26 saves in the game.

* Evgeni Malkin helped lead Russia to its third straight win of the tournament against Dominik Simon and the Czech Republic. Russia blanked the Czech Republic by a score of 3-0.

Catch up on all the action of Penguins players at the World Championship here.

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