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Crosby Switches Lines; Malkin Gets Two Assists

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins

Evgeni Malkin recorded two assists in Russia's 5-2 victory over Denmark as they improved to 3-1 in round-robin play while Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to four games as Canada remained undefeated with their incredible comeback win over Sweden, 6-3, on Wednesday at the World Championship.

After going down 3-0 in the first period, Canada was able to tie it up late in the second.

However, Sweden quickly responded less than a minute after Canada's third goal to take a 4-3 lead into the intermission. In the third, the Pens captain set up the equalizer when he dropped a perfect pass down to defenseman Patrick Wiercioch and his shot from the slot made it 4-4. Crosby now has three goals and an assist in four games this tournament.

A couple of takeaways from the game:

- Canada head coach Todd McLellan made his first adjustment of the tournament when he moved Crosby onto a line with Edmonton forwards Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle following that atrocious first. As OilersTV host Tom Gazzola tweeted at us, "Decent line..." Yeah, we agree.

Quotes from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun...

Crosby on playing with Hall and Eberle: “They’re pretty talented. I think the fact that they play together you can clearly see that they read off each other. With Hallsy’s speed and strength on the puck and Ebs being just so smart with the puck, I just have to find the right spots out there. Those guys certainly have a ton of chemistry.”

McLellan on the Hall-Crosby-Eberle line: “Taylor did a good job of going to get the puck. Sid can hold on to it and find people. And Eberle has a shot and is a reliable player. That’s the first change we made here and it also jolted a lot of other players into playing harder.”

Hall on playing with Crosby: “It was fun. He’s a great player. When you’re playing with the best player in the world you want to give him the puck all the time. Sometimes you have to remember that they’re going to be keying on him pretty hard. I thought we did a pretty good job.”

- Crosby was sporting a banged-up chin in the game. I didn't see the play it happened on, but it's clearly nothing serious as he played through it. You can see it in the photo below...



More pics of Malkin and Crosby from yesterday's games (all courtesy of Getty Images)...


Our first photo of Geno from the Worlds. Love that he's wearing his Penguins gloves!





















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