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Top Washington Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov came into Friday’s game against Yugra on a roll: three goals in his last three games and loads of confidence leading Traktor back in the playoff picture.

Kuznetsov kept up the pace in a 4-3 overtime win for Traktor Chelyabinsk over Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk. And he did it in style.

For his first goal of the night, which tied the score at one each, Kuznetsov hunted the rebound on the powerplay and put one past Yugra’s Mikhail Biryukov. Great, unselfish play by Jan Bulis to set up the open net chance for Kuzya.

For his second of the night, Kuznetsov got around Denis Sokolov (who missed his pokecheck by a country mile), then cut to the middle and fired a wrister. The puck exploded off the stick of defenseman Kirill Putilov before going in top-shelf.

Kuznetsov wasn’t done abusing Yugra’s defense.

After an errant drop pass picked off by Bulis, Kuznetsov was left alone against a defenseman (this time – Tomas Starosta). You can’t do that. Even though Starosta is a solid stay-at-home guy, he couldn’t keep up with Kuzya (or at least stay on his feet), because 1) ice is slippery, and 2) Kuznetsov at full speed is too much to handle. Kuznetsov skated past the sprawling Starosta and set up Bulis for a lay-up.

Kuznetsov also made his trademark takeaway to set up another chance.

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  • brian!

    Nice gif in the heading, just a gorgeous shot!