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2019 World Championship: May 22

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 preliminary round wrapped up on Tuesday. Here's a look back at yesterday's action and a look ahead at what's next. (Note: all quarterfinal matchups will be broadcast on NHL Network).

Evgeni Malkin - RUSSIA

Evgeni Malkin scored his first goal of the tournament as Russia defeated Sweden, 7-4, on Tuesday. He finished with four points (1G-3A) in the preliminary round.

Russia was the only team to finish a perfect 7-0 in the preliminary round and won Group B as a result. They will play the United States in the quarterfinals on Thursday, with puck drop scheduled for 10 a.m. ET.

Jared McCann and Matt Murray - CANADA

Matt Murray made 28 saves to earn his first shutout of the tournament while Jared McCann scored to help Canada defeat the United States, 3-0, on Tuesday.

McCann collected six points (2G-4A) in seven appearances while Murray went 3-1 and posted a 2.01 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in four starts in the preliminary round.

Canada finished 6-0-0-1 in the preliminary round to lock up first place in Group A. They will play Switzerland in the quarterfinals on Thursday, with puck drop scheduled for 10 a.m. ET.

Dominik Simon - CZECH REPUBLIC

Dominik Simon had a goal and two assists as Czech Republic defeated Switzerland 5-4. The Pens forward is having a terrific showing at the tournament, as he ranks sixth in scoring with 11 points (4G-7A) thus far. 

The Czech Republic also finished 6-0-0-1 in the preliminary round, three points behind Russia to clinch second place in Group B. They will face Germany in the quarterfinals on Thursday, with puck drop scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

Patric Hornqvist and Marcus Pettersson - SWEDEN

Sweden lost to Russia 7-4 on Tuesday to finish 5-0-2 in preliminary-round action. They will play Finland in the quarterfinals on Thursday, with puck drop scheduled for 2 p.m. ET. Sweden is looking to collect its third straight gold medal, having won the tournament in 2017 and '18.

Hornqvist currently has six goals (tied for fourth) and nine points while Pettersson got his first point of the tournament, an assist, on Tuesday.

Teddy Blueger - LATVIA

While Latvia won their final game of the preliminary round, defeating Norway by a score of 4-1, they did not advance to the quarterfinals. Blueger finished the tournament with a goal and three assists. He took the most faceoffs of any player in the preliminary round and finished with an impressive 62.7-percent success rate in the circle.

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