Penguins center Evgeni Malkin joined his native Russia at the 2014 World Championship in Minsk in time for their final preliminary-round game of the tournament – a 2-1 win over host Belarus on Tuesday. Russia finished preliminary-round play a perfect 7-0 and will meet France in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Malkin recorded one shot and went 13-9 on faceoffs (59.1 percent) in 14:44 minutes of ice time.
"It was hard today to be honest," Malkin told the IIHF's official website afterwards. "The first period was especially tough, but then it got a bit easier. I've got good partners and we created chances, but it's a pity that I couldn't score. The puck just wouldn't go in for me. I'll look at some videos, analyze the game and hope it will go better next time."
This is Malkin’s fifth World Championship appearance. In his last one back in 2012, Malkin set a new Team Russia record for tournament scoring with 19 points (11G-8A) while being named the tournament’s Top Forward and MVP as he led his country to gold.
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Meanwhile, over in the Memorial Cup taking place in London, Ontario, Penguins goaltending prospect Tristan Jarry and the Edmonton Oil Kings lost to the Val-d’Or Foreurs, 4-3, in double overtime on Tuesday. Jarry finished with 29 saves in the game to give him a 1-1-1 record in round-robin play following a 5-2 loss to Guelph on Saturday and a 5-2 defeat of London on Sunday.
The Guelph Storm and London Knights will close out the round-robin portion of the tournament on Wednesday. If the Storm beats London, the Oil Kings will automatically advance to the semifinals on Friday night. If the Knights win, they will play the Oil Kings in a tiebreaker game on Thursday, with the winner moving on to Friday’s semifinal.
Jarry, 19, was selected by the Penguins in the second round (44th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. He 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 he was nominated for the WHL Goaltender of the Year Award.
In the league playoffs, Jarry’s Oil Kings defeated fellow Penguins prospect Derrick Pouliot’s Portland Winterhawks in seven games to win the WHL championship and earn a berth in the Memorial Cup.