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Penguins coach Mike Johnston is traveling to Russia this weekend to visit star center Evgeni Malkin.

Johnston doesn't have any worries about political tensions in Russia. The new Pens coach visited Moscow eight times while he was working for Team Canada Hockey. He said he always has felt comfortable in Moscow, which is where Malkin lives during the summer. Johnston is being accompanied in Russia by Penguins strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar. Kadar visits Malkin during the summer every year. "It will be just fine," Johnston said. "It's not an uncomfortable place to visit, even with the things that are (going on in the world)." Penguins management declined to comment.

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Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin helped Russia win gold at the 2014 World Hockey Championship on Sunday.

Russia went 10-0 in the tournament, including Sunday's 5-2 win in the gold medal game against Finland. Malkin scored the game-winner while Ovechkin also found the net in Russia's win. It may not spell a full redemption after Sochi, but it's a nice response after that disappointment.

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Evgeni Malkin produced a goal and an assist for Russia in a 3-0 win against France in quarterfinal action at the 2014 IIHF World Hockey Championship.

He played with Viktor Tikhonov and Nikolai Kulemin in his second appearance of the tournament. "I felt much better today, I had the time to get acclimated," Malkin told the IIHF's website. "Kulyomin and I have played with each other a lot before and I know how to play with him. It's very comfortable for me on the line with Kolya (Kulyomin) and Tikhonov. It was a good win but we could have played better and been more effective."

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Evgeni Malkin intends to join Russia at the World Hockey Championship.

His NHL season came to an end on Tuesday when Pittsburgh was eliminated in seven games by the New York Rangers. Malkin registered 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 13 games to lead the team in scoring during the playoffs.

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Evgeni Malkin scored the Penguins' only goal in a 5-1 loss to the Rangers on Friday night as Pittsburgh squandered their chance to finish off the Rangers.

Malkin has produced at a high pace in the playoffs, with six goals and 13 points in 11 games so far. The Pens however looked anything but inspired in front of their home crowd as they let the Rangers steamroll through Game 5 and give New York a chance to tie the series at home.

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Evgeni Malkin scored a highlight reel goal and added an assist in Pittsburgh's 4-2 win on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 series lead against the New York Rangers.

In the first period, Malkin took a crisp pass from Sidney Crosby in the slot, swirled around into a 360 degree spin and backhanded the puck past Henrik Lundqvist to give Pittsburgh the lead. Late in the game when the Rangers made it a one-goal game, Malkin ensured his side would not break by feeding Chris Kunitz for an insurance goal. The star now has five goals and 12 points so far in the playoffs.

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Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist in the Penguins 3-0 win on Sunday.

Malkin now has four goals and 10 points in eight playoff games as he is tied for third in the NHL in points, trailing only Anze Kopitar (13) and Zach Parise (11).

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Evgeni Malkin emerged from his postseason scoring slump Monday by netting three goals in Pittsburgh's 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets.

Geno found his scoring touch at the perfect moment, as the Penguins needed every one of his three goals to defeat Columbus and eliminate them from Stanley Cup contention. Brandon Sutter scored the other Pittsburgh marker in the victory.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins want Evgeni Malkin to start shooting more.

Malkin has not scored in the series and he is currently in a nine game playoff drought. Malkin had 12 shots on goal in the Penguins first three games but has only two in his last two games with both coming in Game 5. He is now on a line with Sidney Crosby and James Neal and that can only help. "He definitely needs to be a little more selfish and shoot the puck," Neal said. "He's a pass-first guy -- and a great passer, at that -- but sometimes when you're not scoring or getting those chances, you need to focus on getting it to the net. He definitely did a better job of that [Saturday]. He still made great plays, but if you want to score, you've got to shoot the puck."

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Like teammate Sidney Crosby, two-time scoring champion Evgeni Malkin has yet to score a goal in the Penguins' opening-round playoff series against the Blue Jackets.

His slump is at eight postseason games dating to last season. "I know people start to talk about my (lack of) goals," he said. "I try to score very game. I feel good. My line, we play not bad. Sometimes just we need to play simple."