Semin, Samsonov Win the KHL’s Gagarin Cup

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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. khl-champtionship-2016He 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.

khl-alex-semin-washington-capitalsEvgeny Timkin scored the first goal for Metallurg off a breakaway pass from teammate Chris Lee. CSKA would strike back in the second period from a rebound goal by Maxim Mamin.

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

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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