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Author: Pavel Savchik (Sport Express Newspaper)
Translated By: Alexei Belousenko & Ruslan Salikhov
Date: 01/09/2006
Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins): We will pay back to Canadians in Turin

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)

The captain and leader of the juniors national team of Russia Evgeni Malkin, awarded as the best forward of the WJC-2006, after the final game against Canada didn’t hide tears. Forward’s feelings are understandable. Second year straight our juniors team was beaten by Canadians.

By the time between the end of the final match and arriving in Moscow, Malkin’s mood noticeably has improved. He even showed his smile and silver medal. And then, Evgeni answered the Sport Express correspondent’s questions.

How upsetting was it for you to lose the final game against Canada again?
E. Malkin
: It is always tough to lose the final game. We had enough scoring chances that we didn’t convert to turn the game around. Couple of times we just didn’t get lucky. Though, generally speaking, the team performed pretty good at the tournament. As we were planning to end up in the final, so we did. But in these kind of games like the final against Canada many things depend on luck. Though, I have to admit that the opponents were strong that night.

Have you had a chance to analyze this loss on your way home?
E. Malkin
: We underestimated Canadians a little bit, and were not well prepared for the final. I don’t know why, but we didn’t even watch any tapes of the opponent’s games. The final game is special and needs extra attention and seriousness.

Therefore, the coaching stuff is guilty in this loss to Canadian team?
E. Malkin
: You misunderstood me. Players that were on the ice are guilty as well, including me. Now, looking back at that game, I see the mistakes that we made, but oh well, what’s the reason to wave the fists after the fight

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