After his was contract terminated by the Montreal Canadians this past December, Alexander Semin decided to leave the NHL after 11 seasons in the league to return home to Russia to play in the KHL. He signed with Metallurg Magnitogorsk where he joined former Washington Capitals forward Wojtek Wolski and Washington Capitals prospect Ilya Samsonov.
Metallurg had a successful run in the regular season where they finished first in the Kharlamov division and fought hard in the KHL playoffs to compete in their 2nd Gagarin Cup appearance. They faced off against the powerhouse CSKA Moscow in a best of seven series and after several hard-fought games the series was decided with a game 7.
Metallurg would respond three minutes later with a goal from Chris Lee and Evgeny Timkin would secure the lead for Metallurg by stealing the puck from CSKA’s Bogdan Kiselevich late in the third period to put the puck past the empty to net and Metallurg Magnitogorsk win 3-1 over CSKA Moscow to win their 2nd Gagarin Cup in team history.
By Andrei Poleshchuck