Evgeni Malkin picks up MVP honors at world hockey championship

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Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has added to his hardware, picking up a gold medal and tournament MVP honors at the International Ice Hockey Federation world championships.

Malkin, playing for Russia, also was named the tournament's best forward. He led the tournament with 11 goals and 19 points.

In the final today in Helsinki, Finland, the Russians beat Slovakia, 6-2, to finish the tournament 10-0. Malkin scored Russia's sixth goal on a slap shot from the slot in the third period. The game will be broadcast on tape delay by NBC Sports Network at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

Malkin, 25, led the NHL this season with 109 points, including 50 goals, and is considered a top candidate to be named next month the Hart Trophy winner as the MVP of the NHL.

Malkin becomes the first hockey player since Wayne Gretzky in 1982 to win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's scoring champion and lead the world championships in scoring the same year.

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Shelly Anderson: shanderson@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1721 or Twitter @pgshelly. First Published May 20, 2012 4:00 PM


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