Malkin paces Russia in easy win at Worlds
COLOGNE, Germany — The Penguins' Evgeni Malkin scored and Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk had a hat trick, as unbeaten Russia cruised into the quarterfinals at the world championships with a 6-1 victory over Denmark on Sunday.
Washington's Alex Ovechkin added his fifth goal in five games, as the two-time defending champions improved to 4-0 and lead Group E with 12 points.
Russia, a 25-time champion, extended its worlds winning streak to 23 games, dating to a 2-1 overtime loss to Finland in 2007.
Malkin scored off a Datsyuk feed for a 3-1 lead with six minutes left in the second period.
» The United States earned its second straight shutout, and Ottawa forward Nick Foligno scored twice and the Rangers' Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and two assists in a 4-0 victory over France in the relegation round. The Americans have yet to secure a spot at worlds next year. They play Italy on Tuesday in their final relegation game. Italy is 1-1 with three points after a 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan.
» A person within the NHL said Nicklas Backstrom agreed to a new contract with the Washington Capitals. The person talked on condition of anonymity because the team has yet to announce the deal. The team said it will make a "significant player-related announcement" Monday. Backstrom set career-highs with 33 goals and 68 assists this season. He was third in the NHL in assists, and his 101 points ranked fourth.
» Jonas Andersson scored two goals, as Sweden beat Canada, 3-1, to earn a spot in the quarterfinals. Canada dropped to 2-2; Washington's Brooks Laich scored its only goal.
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