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Malkin, Jarry Win Tournament Titles

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins

Both Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and goaltending prospect Tristan Jarry won their respective tournaments on Sunday.

Malkin won a gold medal with Team Russia at the 2014 World Championship, while Jarry and the Edmonton Oil Kings are this year’s Memorial Cup champions.

Malkin scored the game-winning goal in Russia’s 5-2 defeat of Finland in the championship game on Sunday in Minsk, Belarus. His tally, scored on a two-man advantage at 15:38 of the second period, broke a 2-2 tie and opened the floodgates for Russia.

"It wasn't me, it was a great passing sequence, just like we practiced," Malkin told the IIHF’s official website. "We paid a lot of attention to the 5-on-3 this morning. The guys did a perfect job feeding me and creating traffic in front."

After the Penguins were eliminated from the postseason, Malkin joined Russia in time to play in their last three games and help them go a perfect 10-0 in the tournament.

This is Malkin’s second gold medal in his fifth World Championship appearance. Malkin, 27, set a new Team Russia record for tournament scoring with 19 points (11G-8A) while being named the tournament’s MVP and Top Forward when they won in 2012.

Jarry, Pittsburgh’s second-round pick (44th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, made 32 saves in a 6-3 defeat of the Guelph Storm on Sunday to lead his team to victory.

Jarry finished the tournament 3-1-1, with a 2.80 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. In the semifinals on Friday, Jarry made 46 saves to lead Edmonton to a thrilling 4-3 triple-overtime win and a berth in the championship game on Sunday.

Jarry, 19, finished the regular season by leading all Western Hockey League goaltenders in wins (44), goals-against average (2.24) and shutouts (t-8) in his first year as the team’s No. 1 netminder. Jarry’s overall record was 44-14-2.

Jarry was selected to the Eastern Conference First All-Star Team and was nominated for the WHL Goaltender of the Year award.

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