Evegny Malkin's home debut in the KHL with Metallurg Magintogorsk couldn’t have gone much better, with the Pittsburgh Penguins star netting a goal and two assists in a 6-1 thrashing of Lev Prague.
Malkin, currently playing in Russia due to the NHL lockout, helped his team in the opener. Early in the game, the 26-year-old skated through the neutral zone before assisting Denis Platonov, who brought the score to 1-0.
But Lev, which came to Magnitogorsk as the Western Conference leaders, did score through Alexandre Picard and managed to tie the game at the end of the first period.
Metallurg took the lead again when Sergey Gonchar sent Malkin on a breakaway with a long two-line pass. The forward was stopped, but the rebound went uncovered for Sergey Mozyakin, who scored easily.
Only a minute later, Gonchar fired a shot from the point and Viktor Antipin nailed the rebound, bringing the score to 3-1.
Metallurg made two more goals before Malkin had the final say, earning his first goal of the KHL season.
After the NHL lockout was announced, Malkin and Gonchar were the first Russian starts to sign deals in their home league. Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk and others soon followed.