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By now you’ve probably seen the video of Caps prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov writhing in pain after absorbing an illegal check in a KHL game late last month. Well, it looks like things aren’t nearly as bad as they first appeared. Kuznetsov’s North American agent, Jay Grossman, confirmed reports that Kuznetsov suffered a severe bruise but no structural damage.

“If all goes according to plan he will return to play at some point during the playoffs,” Grossman wrote in an email to RMNB. Kuznetsov’s team, Traktor Chelyabinsk, is currently playing Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk in the first-round of the Gagarin Cup playoffs. They lead the series 3-1.

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Photos: Alex Semin Embraces Mike Green at Practice

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Alex Semin was clearly in a good mood at Saturday’s practice at Kettler, and for good reason — it was his birthday. He seemed determined to share the love with the rest of his teammates, especially Mike Green, as you can see in the scandalous paparazzi photos below.

Semin has always shown a bit of a disregard for his teammates’ personal space, but this was something special.

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The morning after the Washington Capitals suffered a stinging 5-0 defeat at the hands of the visiting New Jersey Devils, the mood at their practice was mixed. There were some lighthearted moments, like Alex Ovechkin falling down after attempting a one-timer and causing Alex Semin to double over laughing. Or a few minutes later, when the birthday boy got into a pretend squabble with Troy Brouwer.

But as the players one by one trickled into the dressing room and began answering the reporter’s questions, Friday night’s performance was on everybody’s mind. How did the youngest member of the Washington Capitals deal with one of the team’s worst showings of the season?

Below the jump, Dmitry Orlov discusses the loss to New Jersey, changing defensive systems, wearing the full cage mask, and Evgeny Kuznetsov’s future.

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