Pittsburgh Penguins Evgeni Malkin says Russia needs to improve power play
Pittsburgh Penguins Evgeni Malikin said that Russian power play was of critical value and they were on their way to improving it. He added that they did get a number of power plays but in the end it all came down to the fact that they failed to convert them.
“First and foremost our power play is the shortcoming we need to address,” Evgeni Malikin said. “We get a lot of power plays, but we just can’t convert.”
Malikin said that they were giving the power plays extra time during practice now and they would be improved the next time they would step on the ice.
“That’s why we were working on our power play for a very long time today in practice. We will see how it is going to work now.”
Its not that Russia does not have players that can make the power plays a success. To be honest they have quite the team to make it happen with defenseman Andrei Markow and forwards Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Radulov, Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk. Chances are strong that they will replace Malikin with Radulov. This will make the unit even stronger.
Russia has not been going well after they were defeated by the United States in the shootouts. They also fell short of defeating Slovakia by a thin margin. But in this game things can quickly take a turn for the better as Canada also had a bad start and then recovered well to.