MOSCOW, December 31 (R-Sport) - Last season’s NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin said Monday he was delighted with his lockout team Metallurg Magnitogorsk's title-chasing form.
Metallurg has scored 26 goals in its last six KHL games, winning five of them, and currently stands third in the Eastern Conference, just two points behind the leading pair of Ak Bars Kazan and Avangard Omsk.
Malkin is the league's second-best scorer with 59 points from 35 games.
“We have a great team that has been recently playing very well,” Malkin said. “I hope our confidence will transfer to the next year. The playoffs are round the corner and we are eagerly looking forward to them.”
Not all locked-out NHLers have fared as well in Russia, with Phildelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov having reportedly left CSKA Moscow.
Metallurg has yet to win the Gagarin Cup, after being eliminated twice in the semifinals, by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in 2009 and Salavat Yulaev last year.