tallied for a second consecutive game, Sergei Gonchar added an assist and Team Russia improved to 6-0 at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship following a 5-0 blanking of Finland on Tuesday.
Malkin, who along with Gonchar was appearing in his second game of the tournament for Russia, gave his team a 2-0 lead when he picked up his second power-play tally in as many games at 13:52 of the second period.
Malkin finished the contest with a goal, five shots and a plus-1 rating. He has picked up four points (2G-2A) in two games since joining the Russian squad following the Penguins’ postseason run.
Gonchar picked up his first assist of the tournament when he notched the second helper on Malkin’s power-play marker.
Team Russia has now won 24 consecutive contests at the World Championship dating back to 2007. They will look to pick up No. 25 on Thursday when they take on Canada in the quarterfinal round.
Thursday’s matchup between Russia and Canada will be a rematch from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver when the Canadians, led by the Penguins Sidney Crosby
, defeated Russia, 7-3. Gonchar had one of Russia’s three goals that night, with Malkin registering an assist.