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Malkin's Team-Leading Fifth Goal Sends Russia to Gold Medal Game

by Jason Seidling / Pittsburgh Penguins
Evgeni Malkin continues to score and Team Russia keeps winning at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Cologne, Germany.

Thanks to Malkin’s team-leading (tied) fifth goal of the tournament the Russians were able to eke out a 2-1 victory on Saturday in the semifinal round over hosting Germany to advance to Sunday’s Gold Medal Game, where they will take on the Czech Republic.

Malkin increased his goal-scoring streak to four games 11:07 into the second period when he took a pass from Penguins teammate Sergei Gonchar at the point and blistered a slap shot past Germany netminder Rob Zepp, tying the score at 1-1.

Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk sent the Russians into the championship contest for the third consecutive season when he tallied with 1:50 to play in regulation to secure the 2-1 victory.

Despite playing in just four games since joining Team Russia following the completion of the Penguins’ playoff run, Malkin ranks second on the team with seven points (5G-2A). Malkin has also posted a plus-6 rating and registered 23 shots on goal, a figure which is second-best on the team behind Alex Ovechkin, who has appeared in four more games.

Malkin's five goals are tied for second among all players at the World Championship while his seven points are tied for fourth.

Gonchar has now picked up three assists and has a plus-2 rating in four games.

Russia will be looking to wrap up its third straight World Championship title when they face the Czechs.
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