Evgeni Malkin and Team Russia might have come up just short in their bid to win three straight World Championship titles on Sunday, falling 2-1 to the Czech Republic in the Gold Medal Game, but the Penguin forward didn’t leave Cologne, Germany empty handed.
Malkin was one of six players selected to the All-Star team along with fellow Russian forward Pavel Datsyuk, Swedish forward Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, blueliners Christian Ehrhoff of Germany and Petteri Nummelin of Finland and German netminder Dennis Endras.
Malkin earned his spot on the All-Star team by being one of the Russians’ top players after arriving midway through the tournament following the completion of the Penguins’ playoff run.
In five games Malkin posted five goals, seven points, a plus-6 rating and had 26 shots on goal. Malkin’s five goals and seven points were both tied for second on Team Russia. His five goals ranked third (tied) among tournament leaders while his seven points placed fifth (tied).
Although he was held scoreless on Sunday, Malkin scored in each of his first four games for the silver-medal winning Russians, who now take over the top spot in the International Ice Hockey Federation rankings despite watching their 27-game winning streak at the World Championship come to a close.
Malkin wasn’t the only Penguin to pick up a silver medal for the Russians as defenseman Sergei Gonchar also contributed with four assists and a plus-2 rating in five games. Gonchar registered the second assist on Russia’s lone tally on Sunday.