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2019 World Championship: Opening Weekend

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Penguins

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 the opening action. 

*Patric Hornqvist already has 3 goals in the opening 2 games for Sweden. He tallied in the opening contest - a 5-2 setback to Czech Republic - and followed that with a 2-goal effort in an 8-0 victory against Italy. 
All three of Hornqvist's goals have been of the Hornqvist variety. His first came after taking a backhand shot in the neutral zone against Czech Republic. Then he found his own rebound at the crease and snapped it in. 
Hornqvist's first against Italy was a power-play tally. He stood at the side of the crease, took a cross-crease pass, then cut back inside to deposit the puck. His other goal came as he stood right in front of the goaltender and tipped a shot in the net. 

*Evgeni Malkin is off to a hot start for Russia. He already has 3 assists in the opening 2 games. He picked up a pair of helpers in a 5-2 win against Norway in the tournament opener. He followed with another assist in a 5-0 win vs. Austria to help Russia to a 2-0 start. 

*Teddy Blueger posted 2 assists to help Latvia collect a 5-2 win in the tournament opener. 

*Goaltender Matt Murray started in Canada's opening game against Finland. Though he surrendered just 2 goals and made 24 saves, Canada suffered a 3-1 loss. Murray served as the backup during Canada's 8-0 win against Great Britain. 

*Jared McCann picked up his first point of the tournament against Britain when he carried the puck through the neutral zone and below the goal line before making a backhand feed to Anthony Mantha, who scored on the play.

*Dominik Simon has 1 assist for Czech Republic. His helper came on Michael Frolik's game-winning goal against Sweden.

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

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