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Alex Semin wins KHL championship with Metallurg Magnitogorsk

Former Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Semin and Metallurg Magnitogorsk won the Kontinental Hockey League's Gagarin Cup for the second time Tuesday, beating CSKA Moscow 3-1 in game seven of the finals series in Moscow.

Enigmatic winger left Habs in December after dismal start to NHL season

Metallurg Magnitogorsk, featuring former Canadiens forward Alex Semin, won the Kontinental Hockey League's Gagarin Cup for the second time Tuesday, beating CSKA Moscow 3-1 in game seven of the finals series in Moscow. Semin, who signed with Metallurg in December after being waived by Montreal, posted five goals and 14 points in 20 regular-season points. In 23 playoff contests, he had seven goals and 15 points. (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Metallurg Magnitogorsk won the Kontinental Hockey League's Gagarin Cup for the second time Tuesday, beating CSKA Moscow 3-1 in game seven of the finals series in Moscow.

Evgeny Timkin finished with two goals for Metallurg, one of them the empty-netter which secured the win after some desperate defensive play to keep out CSKA, which recorded 37 shots to 16 for Metallurg.

Canadian Chris Lee, who has never played in the NHL but has built a career as a leading defenceman in Europe, scored Metallurg's second goal from inside the blue-line in the second period, shortly after Maxim Mamin had scored for CSKA.

It was also a happy end to the season for former Montreal Canadiens winger Alex Semin, who signed with Metallurg in December.

The 31-year-old joined the team after telling Montreal he would not play for its American Hockey League affiliate in St. John's. Semin cleared unconditional waivers before heading to his native Russia.

The enigmatic Semin was a frequent healthy scratch for the Canadiens this season and managed just four points in 15 games.

Semin once scored 40 goals in the NHL and seven times reached the 20-goal plateau.

With Metallurg, he posted five goals and 14 points in 20 regular-season points. In 23 playoff contests, he collected seven goals and 15 points.

Metallurg's previous win came in 2014, while CSKA was KHL regular season champion for the second year in a row but last won a league title in 1989.

With files from CBC Sports

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