DESPITE MALKIN'S EFFORTS, MAGNITOGORSK OUT OF PLAYOFFS
Penguins prospect Evgeni Malkin is the tournament’s second-leading scorer with 15 points (5+10), but Magnitogorsk dropped three overtime decisions to Avangard Omsk in the best-of-five semifinals.
Omsk won the opener, 2-1, in OT before Magnitogorsk evened the series with a 4-3 triumph. Omsk won the next two games by identical 3-2 overtime scores.
Malkin, the second-overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, racked up his 15 points in a 11 postseason games. The dominant 19-year-old center, who is widely considered the world’s best player not in the NHL, finished the RSL regular season with 21 goals and 26 assists in 46 games. His 47 points ranked third in the league behind Sergei Mozyakin (52) and former Penguin Aleksey Morozov (49). However, Malkin played in five fewer games than those two due to his participation in the World Junior Championships.
Malkin guided Magnitogorsk to a first-place finish in the regular season. The team scored the most goals in the league (175) and gave up the least (75), which set a league record. In addition, the team’s 29-point margin in the standings over second-place AK Bars Kazan established a league standard.
AK Bars Kazan, which swept Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, 3-0, meets Avangard Omsk in the best-of-five Russian Super League championship series.