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Crosby, Malkin Advance to the Semis

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin both advanced to the semifinals of the 2015 World Championship.


Malkin was absolutely dominant in Russia's quarterfinal matchup against Sweden, scoring twice and adding a helper for a huge three-point effort. The defending champion Russia will play Team USA, who beat them 4-2 in their meeting during round-robin play, in the semifinals at 1:15 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Malkin's first goal, which came 48 seconds into the second period, gave Russia a 3-0 lead. However, Sweden went on to net three unanswered tallies to even the score. After they tied it at 3 with 5:15 left, Malkin responded by scoring the game-winner just 26 seconds later to put Russia back in front, and this time they would not relinquish their advantage.

"I just believe in my team, believe in our goalie (Sergei Bobrovsky) and I know we were tied 3-3 but we had a good chance to win," Malkin told the IIHF after the game. "We had five minutes, maybe overtime and I still believed."

Malkin's full postgame interview, where he answers Twitter questions from fans, is below...

IN THE MIX - Evgeni Malkin

The Russian forward answers your twitter questions, including what it will be like to get Ovechkin for the semis. Share with a friend if you think Ovechkin helps the Russians get the edge on the Americans in Saturday's semi-final.

Posted by International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) on Thursday, May 14, 2015


Crosby set up Brent Burns 26 seconds into Canada's 9-0 defeat of Belarus in their quarterfinal matchup to give him at least a point in each one of his tournament appearances (he sat out the final game of pool play for an extra day of rest heading into the playoff round). Canada will meet the Czech Republic, who they beat 6-3 in group play, in the semifinals at 9:15 a.m. ET on Saturday.

"You know a lot about your team at this point and it’s important to get better every game," Crosby told the IIHF after the game. "I thought we did some good things here tonight but we’re going to be challenged I think a little more in the semifinal and we’ll look to make sure we get better. But it’s going to be a good test and it’s tough to get to the final, so we’ve got to find a way to get there."

Crosby's full postgame interview, where he also answers Twitter questions from fans, is below...

IN THE MIX - Sidney Crosby

Canada captain Sidney Crosby answers your Twitter questions as Canada moves on to take on the Czechs in the semi-finals. Share with a fan of Hockey Canada.

Posted by International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) on Thursday, May 14, 2015

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