In the first period against Donbass Donetsk, Washington Capitals top prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov suffered another injury. This time to his lower body.
Donbass’ center Petteri Wirtanen fired a shorthanded long shot on Michael Garnett while Kuznetsov, who was playing up high on the powerplay, attempted to hit him. Kuznetsov’s teammate Maxim Kondratyev landed the hit on Wirtanen. Wirtanen fell into Kuznetsov’s legs awkwardly, which seemed to cause the injury.
Kuzya is on the left. (GIF by Ian Oland)
Kuznetsov was unable to leave the ice on his own power. He pointed Traktor’s trainer to his left knee or ankle before getting helped off the ice.
If Kuznetsov’s latest injury keeps him on the sidelines for more than a couple of weeks, he can officially wave goodbye to his Sochi Olympic dream.
UPDATE 4:45 PM: Evgeny Kuznetsov tweeted a photo of his injured leg accompanied by what seems to be some self-written poetry.
Перекручивая,ломая,псов судьбы с тропы сбивая…не теряя лицо,на душе тяжело…пройден ли путь или только начало???? pic.twitter.com/fcCGrSlgjs
— Evgeny Kuznetsov (@Kuzya92) December 25, 2013
It reads in English: “Twisting, breaking, knocking dogs of fate off the path… not losing face, it’s heavy on the soul… Has the path been passed or is it just the beginning?”