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Author: Andrey Brotsky (Sport Express Newspaper)
Translated By: Eugene Belashchenko
Date: 12/27/2005
Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins): Thanks to the coaches for letting me rest!

2006 U20 World Junior Championships

Evgeni Malkin answering questions at the NHL Entry Draft after being selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins (Photo is a RussianProspects exclusive)
It's not a secret to anyone that among Russian players the most attention is allotted by the Canadian press to Evgeny Malkin. Sport Express correspondent witnessed how the forward interacts with the North American press, but at this time only with the help of a translator.

You arrived in Canada a bit later than the rest of your team, and prior to that participated in a Moscow tournament for Russia's senior national team. Are you at all fatigued?
E. Malkin:
No, I feel great. I want to thank the coaches for giving me time to recover and rest, and not overloading me.

Are you satisfied with your performance against the Swedes?
E. Malkin: Quite. At the same time I couldn't have done it without my line-mates. Their efforts helped us to reverse the trend after allowing that goal in the first period.

Are you aware of what the Canadian press writes about you?
E. Malkin: No, at this point I try to read as few newspapers as possible, especially about myself.

Do you feel any kind of pressure from the local fans and media, who already see you as a player of a North American club?
E. Malkin: Yes, there is definitely pressure, but it doesn't at all prevent me from concentrating from the task at hand. Right now I am here only for one reason: to win the gold medal at the Junior World Championships as part of the Russian National team.

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