World view differs for pair

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:41 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- Evgeni Malkin was euphoric, Jordan Staal not so much.

In the second intermission of the Pittsburgh Penguins' eventual 6-0 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday, both Malkin and Staal learned of Russia's 5-4 overtime victory over Canada in the title game of the world hockey championship in Quebec City.

"This is a good day for Russian hockey," said Malkin, who almost definitely would have been picked for the Russian team had his Penguins not gone so deep into the playoffs.

While obviously thrilled that the Pens are going to the Stanley Cup final, Staal understandably was less jovial about the outcome at the worlds. Older brother Eric, after all, was a key member of Team Canada.

"That's tough," said Jordan, who won a gold with Eric for Canada at the 2007 worlds in Moscow. "I'm sure Eric and I will be talking."

Asked if his parents would come down from Thunder Bay to attend the final, Jordan jokingly said that he might not want them there.

"They might sneak down," Staal said. "Then again, maybe they should stay. We've had a pretty good run without them."

The Pens' young guns all had outstanding performances.

Staal, 19, scored his sixth goal of the playoffs; Malkin, 21, registered his ninth; captain Sidney Crosby, 20, had a pair of assists; and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, 23, stopped 18 shots for the shutout.


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