Translation: I’m not evil, I’m good!

A day after revealing his plans to come to America, future Washington Capitals forward (that feels good to write) Evgeny Kuznetsov played his first game in a month. Kuzya had been out with a left leg injury that required surgery in Germany. While Kuznetsov was wearing knee wrap on the plane yesterday, he felt good enough to play in the opening game of the most difficult road trip of the year for any KHL team. Traktor is heading to Novosibirsk, Novokuznetsk, Khabarovsk, and Vladivostok — aka the middle of nowhere.

Kuznetsov started his first game back on the third line against Sibir Novosibirsk, but he ended up leading the team’s forwards in ice time with 19:13. He also recorded an assist on a goal by Stanislav Chistov. Traktor lost in overtime 3-2. They are now ahead of Avangard Omsk for eighth place in the East by one point.

Here’s the assist. Kuznetsov rushes the puck out of his own zone before feeding a cross-ice pass to Alexei Zavarukhin before Chistov taps it in.

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  • Freedoooom

    Unacceptable play by him on that assist. If hes going to be a Capital, he has to fling the puck weakly to center ice or better yet just pass it right to the point man.

    Oates is going to hate him.

  • Alex

    I know I posted this on the other Kuzya article, but I figured I’d share my edit of Michael Blaesing’s photo, for those who missed it.

  • hockeyrich

    Freedoooom I am with you! Those are all good but I will have to throw in passing behind the forward leaving the zone to slow the play down. And my favorite Caps play in our zone is slinging the puck around the boards and chasing back and forth so the other team gets the puck. They look like cats chasing a lazier pointer.

  • Jeff Yoders

    Glad he’s playing again and healthy, but I’ll believe he’s coming to the Caps when he finally gets here.

  • Patrick Neimeyer

    So many Russians, So Little Time 🙂 Welcome Kuzya!


    Here’s hoping his team doesn’t make the playoffs. I think its paramount he gets here as soon as possible so that he can acclimate himself to the NA game, culture and generally how to be a professional in the league. I’m also hoping Ovi can be a good leader or off ice presence to him and keep him under control. Something the previous young guns never had until fedorov came for a year.

  • Chris Cerullo

    I want to bubble wrap him for the next few months.

  • Shaun Phillips

    I think Ovi will be fine with that role. He’s already helped Orlov and Grabo with the transition to the DC area. Kuzya’s also got his wife (think I saw that somewhere) so its not like he’s a young bachelor coming to party it up.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Btw, love the traktor logo. First time I’ve actually looked closely at it.

  • Jonah

    The biggest thing I noticed from this (and it may just be the Olympic ice) but damn that kid can skate!! Maybe we have a 1st line le who can actually keep up with Ovi on the rush?