Kuznetsov’s goal against Neftekhimik comes at the 1:00 mark — his assist immediately thereafter. He also has a breakaway attempt at 2:05.
In a Kharlamov Division match-up Monday, the KHL’s Traktor Chelyabinsk destroyed Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (how do you even say that?) 8-2, their biggest win of the season. The Petrochemists, whose defense might as well have been staffed by actual scientists, had no answer for Caps prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov. Kuzya scored his tenth goal of the season — the game’s deciding tally — on a beautiful wraparound to put Traktor up 3-0 in the first period. Also, he fancily went behind the back to assist on Andrei Popov’s goal from the slot.
That was Kuznetsov’s third straight two-point performance. He also has four goals and four assists in his last five games against Neftekhimik. The 19-year-old Russian also continues to lead the league in game-winning goals (five) and is tied for third place in overall goals (ten), which is three less than leader Roman Cervenka.
Wednesday, Kuznetsov did not register a point as Traktor beat powerhouse Ak Bars Kazan 3-2. With the win, the White Bears now sit first in the KHL’s Eastern Conference, and are tied for most standings points in the league.
Additional reporting by Ian Oland.