Pittsburgh Penguins: A Look Back at 2014

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2. Pens step up in Sochi

The Pittsburgh Penguins were well-represented at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, sending seven players to the games.

Brooks Orpik and Paul Martin suited up for Team USA, while Olli Maatta and Jussi Jokinen were selected to play for Finland. Evgeni Malkin rejoined the Russian squad to play for some hometown glory, and Team Canada tapped Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby to bolster their forward group, naming the latter their captain.

The Pens had a strong showing internationally across the board. Jokinen and Maatta helped power the Finns to a surprising Bronze medal finish. Crosby and Kunitz helped Canada capture the gold medal, with both forwards tallying beautiful goals in the gold medal game when needed most.

While Evgeni Malkin had a less-than-spectacular Olympic experience back home in Russia, he still managed to enjoy some international glory in 2014 when he helped Russia capture the World Championship gold medal – their second in three years.