Photo credit: Vitaly Gubin / HC Traktor
Two days after a meteorite struck his hometown of Chelyabinsk, the normally-talkative Evgeny Kuznetsov was quiet. The Washington Capitals prospect and 20-year-old forward made no statement on Twitter. On Sunday, Kuznetsov let us know he was okay with a big breakaway goal in Traktor Chelyabinsk’s final game of the regular season, a 4-1 win over their biggest KHL rival, Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
Video below the jump.
Kuznetsov’s breakaway goal is at 2:35. Also, check out a nice tally by the top-ranked power forward of the 2013 Draft, Valery Nichushkin, at 1:50.
In 51 games played this season, Kuznetsov scored 19 goals, the same number he had last year in 49 games. Those 19 goals tie him for 14th in the league. He shares that position with Alex Ovechkin.
Kuznetsov did set career highs in points (44, sixth in the league), assists (25), time on ice (20:38), shots on goal (224), and PIMs (42).
The 2010 first round pick scored two game-winning goals this season and won 90 of 241 faceoffs, 37.3%.
The KHL playoffs are set to start on Wednesday. Traktor is slated to kick off their series at home against Barys Astana on Thursday, though the location or time of their game may change based on meteor damage to Traktor Arena.
Chelyabinsk Region Governor Mikhail Yurevich told the press that Traktor Arena had its windows blown out and suffered structural damage.
In the track and field hall, the old metal constructions have been blown out. We’ll have to replace them and tout the new windows. At the Ural Lightning [rink] the cost of the repairs may be up to 200 million rubles [6.5 million bucks]. There are cracks in Traktor Arena, the windows have been damaged in Yunost Ice Hall. Specialists should evaluate all building constructions, and then we’ll know about the amount of repairs. At the Ural Lightning Rink, the kids were skating and beams fell right on the ice. Thank God no one is hurt. We’ll of course repair everything, but the damage costs are already over 1 billion rubles [33 million dollars].
On Sunday, The Washington Post reported that about 40 Russians remained in hospitals Saturday, out of 1,200 who had sought treatment for injuries.
RMNB wishes a speedy recovery to everyone hurt by the blast.
Chelyabinsk Governor Mikhail Yurevich meets with a child injured by the meteor.
Additional reporting by Ian Oland.