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Crosby Tops Malkin in Gold Medal Game

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins
Sidney Crosby and Team Canada defeated Penguins teammate Evgeni Malkin and Team Russia, 6-1, in the gold medal game of the 2015 World Championship on Sunday in Prague, Czech Republic.

Both players got on the scoresheet, as Crosby finished with a goal and an assist and Malkin scored Russia’s only goal.

This marked the third-ever time that the two-headed monster went head-to-head in international play, as Crosby and Malkin previously faced off in the 2005 World Junior Championship and 2010 Olympics – with Canada winning both games by a combined score of 11-4.

However, in this tournament Russia had been dominant as they beat Canada in the gold medal game in consecutive years in 2008 and '09. But Canada certainly got redemption today.

With the win, Crosby is now officially a member of the exclusive Triple Gold Club. He became just the 26th player in history to capture a Stanley Cup (2009), Olympic gold (2010, ’14) and now the World Championship. What makes it even more special is that he was the captain of all three teams.

His fellow countrymen that have won all three titles are Rob Blake, Joe Sakic, Brendan Shanahan, Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger, Eric Staal, Jonathan Toews and Patrice Bergeron. Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has also won all three.

"Obviously you’re part of some great teams that have been in different events and anytime you play for Team Canada, the goal and expectation is to win," Crosby told TSN after the game. "So I just feel fortunate and privileged to have been a part of some of those teams."

Crosby certainly did his part to lead his team to the title. He recorded at least a point in all nine of his appearances, including a big goal this afternoon that gave Canada a commanding 3-0 lead over Russia in the second period.

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Overall, Crosby finished with four goals, seven assists and 11 points in the tournament – which was the second World Championship appearance of his career. He last participated in 2006 as an 18-year-old rookie, where he won the scoring title with 16 points (8G-8A) in nine games as Canada finished fourth.

Malkin, who won gold with Russia at the 2012 and ’14 World Championships, had a terrific tournament as well as he captured the second silver medal of his career (also got one in 2010). He finished with five goals, five assists and 10 points in nine games played during his seventh World Championship. He has now medaled in all but one of his appearances, as he won bronze in 2005 and '07.

Crosby post-game interview:

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Posted by International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) on Sunday, May 17, 2015

Crosby celebration:

Crosby - Triple Gold

Celebrate with Sidney Crosby as he joins the elusive triple-gold club by sharing with a fan of Hockey Canada!, Olympic Champion, Stanley Cup champion and now..#IIHFWorlds Champion!

Posted by International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) on Sunday, May 17, 2015

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