Evgeny Kuznetsov gets instructions from Traktor’s bench boss Valery Belousov (Photo creditL HC Barys)

Washington Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov scored two goals in Traktor Chelyabinsk’s convincing 5-1 away win over Barys Astana. Kuznetsov scored his first goal on Saturday and now added two more to his total. Video is under the jump.

For Kuznetsov’s first goal of the night, he got the puck on the right half wall during the powerplay, walked to the middle of the ice, and fired a quick slap shot near side.

On his second goal, Kuznetsov picked the pocket of former NHLer Brandon Bochenski on the penalty kill for a breakaway and finished it with a slick backhand-forehand move.

That was the sixth shorthanded goal of Kuznetsov’s career, so I guess that college thesis on penalty killing is paying dividends.

  • That shorthanded goal is reDONKulous

  • Steve Killmon

    Ovi-scoar-celly on that shorty?

  • MuzzMuzzington

    Is that KHL arena in one of those Olympic swimming pool facilities? The sound and a lack of glass-level seating really perplexed me until it hit me that it sounds like an Olympic swimming pool.

  • Freedoooom

    The more I see of him, the more I think Grabner and Helm get a lot of breakaways just based upon speed and they don’t got great hands like Kuznetsov or great edge work. The only thing questionable is if he can steal pucks like he does in the KHL in the NHL, Datsyuk I don’t recall doing it anymore then he did in the NHL.

  • William

    Watching kuznetsov is tough…hes an excellent skater with good hands and goal scoring ability (what the caps need)

  • Fedor

    There have never been Olympics in Astana, so no.
    I think there are no glass-level seats to allow to expand the size of the surface for events. For some reason, constructors of Kazakhstan Sports Hall weren’t into removable seating 😉

  • Fedor

    Toews does it a lot.

  • smgraff

    The big thing is that Kuznetsov adds a few dimensions not seen w/ the rest of the Caps as they are now. As people said, he has the hands and is a brilliant skater. But the defensive side of his game, and the fact he kills penalties and is very good at doing so adds the threat of the Caps scoring a lot of short-handed goals. The teams that win Stanley Cups often have guys who kill penalties that are a threat scoring short-handed. Statistically, you can only score one PPG per power play. You CAN score as many shorthanded goals as you want on one power play. When teams fear the real possibility of the SHG, their power-play all the sudden becomes more tentative.

    Toews does what Kuz is doing. If that’s so, that’s really a good sign of the future for the Caps. He cannot cross the border soon enough!! (Or I can’t watch enough KHL to meet my thirst to want to watch Kuznetsov play.)