by PuckStopsHere on 02/20/13 at 01:58 AM ET
The KHL regular season ended on Sunday. Their playoffs begin tomorrow (February 20th). This may allow KHL players to join the NHL when their season ends as Alexander Radulov did last year.
I followed the KHL season a little closer than I normally do while the NHL lockout was underway but now that the NHL is back my interest has waned. It is interesting to see how things ended up. SKA St Petersburg ran away with the regular season title. They finished with a 36-16 record with five regulation tie points.
Sergei Mozyakin of Metallurg Magnitogorsk won the scoring title with 76 points. This is his third scoring title as he won it in 2009 and 2010. Alexander Radulov of CSKA Moscow finished second with 68 points. He was the scoring champion in 2011 and 2012. Third in scoring was Evgeni Malkin who played with Metallurg Magnitogorsk and scored 65 points. Those three players were well ahead of the rest of the league. No other player scored more than 51 points.
Malkin had an amazing KHL season. He was not in the league at the beginning of the season because the NHL lockout had not begun. He was not in the KHL when the season ended because he was back in the NHL. All told, Malkin played 37 games in a 52 game season and finished third in scoring in the league, well ahead of fourth place.
Other NHLers were in the league but none came close to matching Malkin. Ilya Kovalchuk had 42 points and Alexander Ovechkin had 40 points - both playing about as many games as Malkin.
All told it was an interesting KHL season. It was a bit disjointed when NHL stars entered the league after the season began and left before it started. I think Evgeni Malkin had the most impressive showing in his limited amount of time there.
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