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2019 World Championship: Quarterfinals

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

The 2019 World Championship is underway in Slovakia. Six of the seven Pens representing their native countries advanced to the quarterfinals, which took place on Thursday (Teddy Blueger and Latvia were eliminated). Here's a look at the results and what's next.

Evgeni Malkin - RUSSIA

Russia defeated the United States, 4-3. Evgeni Malkin recorded the primary assist on what stood as the game-winning goal.

With 12:58 remaining in the third period, Malkin set up Mikhail Grigorenko, who scored to put Russia up 4-2. While Alex DeBrincat scored with 2:50 left in regulation to get the Americans within one, the Russians were able to hold onto their lead and advance in the tournament.

Jared McCann and Matt Murray - CANADA

Matt Murray made 19 saves as Canada came back to earn a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over Switzerland.

The Swiss were particularly dangerous on the power play, with both of their goals coming on the man-advantage. They opened the scoring with their first power-play marker of the game late in the first period. While Canada tied it up in the second, Switzerland re-took the lead with just three seconds remaining in the period on another power-play goal. 

Not to be outdone, Canada ended up with a late goal of their own in the third. With Murray pulled for the extra attacker, the Canadians pressed hard for the equalizer - and ended up getting it with 0.05 seconds remaining. Mark Stone would go on to win it in overtime for Canada.

Dominik Simon - CZECH REPUBLIC

Czech Republic defeated Germany, 5-1. Like Malkin, Dominik Simon also recorded the primary assist on what stood as the game-winning goal. He now has 12 points (4G-8A) in eight games played.

Patric Hornqvist and Marcus Pettersson - SWEDEN

Sweden was eliminated from the tournament with a 5-4 overtime loss to Finland, ending their hopes of a three-peat. Sweden had won gold in both 2017 and '18 and was looking to become the first team to win three straight World Championships since the Czech Republic in 1999-01.

Patric Hornqvist scored in the game to give him seven goals in the tournament, which is currently tied for first.


Malkin and Team Russia will play Finland in the first semifinal on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Murray, McCann and Team Canada will play Simon and the Czech Republic in the second semifinal on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Both games will be broadcast on NHL Network.

To see complete coverage of Penguins players participating in the 2019 World Championship, click here.

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