Malkin Continues Torrid Scoring Pace at World Championship
/ Pittsburgh Penguins
Evgeni Malkin continued his torrid scoring pace with two more goals on Thursday as the Russians improved to 7-0 at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Cologne, Germany with a 5-2 victory over Canada in the quarterfinal round. Russia advances to take on host Germany on Saturday for a spot in Sunday’s Gold Medal Game.
Malkin gave the Russians a 3-0 when he scored his first goal of the contest at 17:31 of the second period when he slid a shot between the legs of Canada netminder Steve Mason between the circles for his team-leading third power-play marker of the tournament.
Malkin later added an empty-net tally at 16:56 of the third period.
In three games Malkin has picked up six points (4G-2A), which is tied for third best on the team.
Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar picked up his second assist of the tournament when he registered the primary helper on Pavel Datsyuk’s goal which made it 2-0 1:45 minutes into the second period.
Gonchar has two assists and has posted an even rating in three games.
Team Russia, which is looking for its third consecutive World Championship gold medal, has now won 26 consecutive contests dating back to 2007.