Malkin boosts Russia By STEPHAN NASSTROM STOCKHOLM (AP) - Evgeny Malkin scored midway through the third period to give Russia a 2-1 win over Sweden in Game 1 of the European Hockey Tour final Friday. Sweden, which won its only Euro Hockey Tour title in 1998-99, needs to win the return leg in regulation on Sunday in Moscow to force an overtime period. Russia has never won the title. Alexander Ovechkin, the top NHL draft pick last year by the Washington Capitals, set up Malkin just in front of the goal at 10:49. It was the first goal for Russia by Malkin, an 18-year-old centre who was picked second in the 2004 NHL draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=122511 PS: From one at the game who posted on the Pen's board, Malkin was named the number one star of the game. He seems to have really come along since the 2003-4 draft.