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Topic - Evgeni Malkin
A distinct playoff atmosphere permeated the cozy surroundings inside Honda Center on Friday night, with Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins making a rare appearance to take on the league-leading Ducks.
The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't go for the big splash at the trade deadline this time.
Joe Pavelski had a hat trick to move into a tie for second in the NHL in goals and the San Jose Sharks beat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-3 Thursday night in the first game for both teams following the Olympic break.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens are still adjusting to NHL play after a nearly three-week Olympic layoff. And it showed Thursday night.
Sidney Crosby's second Olympic experience was last dramatic and just as rewarding.
The Russians dutifully shook the Finns' hands and then skated to the center of a rink built to showcase their return to Olympic hockey dominance. When they raised their sticks in a mournful salute, they got more whistles than cheers from their devastated fans.
Right from the start of the tournament, the only way to envision the Russians winning a gold medal in hockey was to close both eyes and keep them shut.
When it was all over, when the mighty Russian men's hockey team with the big stars and the massive expectations failed to earn a medal for the third straight Winter Olympics, thousands of their demanding fans streamed out of the shiny new arena and squinted as their eyes caught the setting sun.
Alex Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk and their teammates had nursed dreams about this week for several years. They were all dashed in 60 frustrating minutes.
When Alexander Radulov pumped both fists and let loose a jubilant scream, an entire hockey nation also exhaled for a day.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves in the second straight shutout victory for the fifth-seeded Russians, who earned a meeting with Finland in the quarterfinals Wednesday.
Pavel Datsyuk wants to play, not talk.
Jonathan Quick and Carey Price appear to be the No. 1 goalies for USA and Canada. Who should be Russia's starter moving forward?
Icy stares, bone-crunching checks, even a skirmish or two in front of the net.
Much was made about the pressure awaiting Alex Ovechkin at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, but it certainly didn't affect him early in Russia's Group A opener.
"It's not easy, it's always tough," Malkin said.
And earlier in the tournament, which Datsyuk said he has been waiting "all of my life," he was asked whether his injury will limit his performance: