Kuznetsov interviewed during Game 4. (Photo credit: Sergey Manzheleev / Ak Bars)
This may or may not be the year when Evgeny Kuznetsov comes to DC. Nonetheless, the Caps prospect continues to put another impressive KHL season under his belt as Traktor Chelyabinsk only needed 11 games to get through two rounds of the playoffs. After their 4-1 victory over Ak Bars today – which Kuznetsov tallied the game-winning goal, Traktor will now face Avangard Omsk and Roman Cervenka, in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Kuzya missed part of the first round with a knee injury he suffered in the second to last game of the regular season. Once he returned, he was not in game shape, being held without a point in his two first playoff games. But then Kuznetsov showed his big-play ability again by scoring five goals in six games, including two game-winners and one series-winner.
Want to see all of Kuzya’s playoff goals? Check them out below the jump.
Game 2, Traktor Beats Ak Bars, 2-1
After winning the series’ first game 3-1, Traktor looked to sweep their first two games at home and go into Kazan on a high note. With Evgeny Kuznetsov’s help, they did just that. Kuznetsov notched the game-winner and you can see it at 3:15 mark above.
Game 3, Ak Bars Defeats Traktor 2-1 (OT)
In Game 3, Ak Bars got back into the series with a dramatic 2-1 OT victory. Kuznetsov was hooked on a breakaway and opened the scoring with a penalty shot goal. You can see it at 1:45 mark above.
Game 4, Traktor wins 3-2
Traktor was able to return home with a 3-1 advantage in the series after taking Game 4 in Kazan. Kuznetsov scored on a semi-breakaway at the 1:45 mark.
Game 6, Ak Bars – Traktor 4-1
After Traktor lost in triple overtime in Game 5 (the game fell seconds short of longest KHL game ever played), they returned to Kazan for Game 6 looking to close the series out. Their 19-year-old superstar netted a highlight-reel goal that turned out to be the GWG. Kuznetsov then added an empty-netter to seal the series. Kuzya’s first goal is at 3:08; his second at 4:20.