traktor-in-trouble

In KHL action on Saturday, Admiral jumped into the East’s final playoff spot with a 3-1 home win over Metallurg Novokuznetsk. On Sunday, Traktor Chelyabinsk, who still had control of their own destiny with a game in hand, had a chance to leapfrog Admiral if the could beat Torpedo.

They could not.

Washington Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov had three shots on goal in 22:55 of ice time, once again the most among Traktor forwards. Traktor would fail to score and lose 1-0.

This sets up a very exciting and straightforward final day of the KHL regular season on Tuesday. If Admiral wins in any form or fashion, Traktor will not make the playoffs, potentially making Kuznetsov available to play in the NHL.

Admiral takes on the worst team in the KHL on Tuesday, Amur, at home. Meanwhile, Traktor will play (Peter’s favorite team) Ak Bars – the KHL’s fourth best team.

For what it’s worth, Kuznetsov did not seem to upset after failing to win Sunday. An hour after the game, Kuzya wished Alex Ovechkin, “his buddy,” good luck ahead of Washington’s game against the Flyers.

Don’t break a leg on Tuesday, Kuzya!

Additional reporting by Fedor Fedin.

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  • Josh Carey

    Anyone know how the KHL is with respect to the phrase “anyone can win on any given night?” Like would it be very surprising to see Amur beat Admiral? Likewise with Traktor over AK Bars?

  • Jonathan Kenny

    “Traktor No Longer Controls Their Own Destiny” – just like the Capitals, who blew a 2-goal lead in the 3rd period vs. the Flyers.

  • capsfansteve

    By any chance is that Peter’s favorite team due to the Star Wars reference?

  • Myan

    I feel bad for saying this but I really really hope that Traktor doesn’t make the playoffs…

  • Yo8

    Don’t! Wish the complete opposite! When was the last time something went the Caps way?! Exactly.

    Sad but true.

  • Alex Hughes

    So if Traktor don’t get in to the playoffs, what is the expected date that Kuznetsov will come to the Caps?

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    [shrugs] Maybe next week? A wigi board might tell you better though.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    Yes. For the last three years, he has always put an Admiral Ackbar youtube link on the team name whenever I write it.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    Amur really, really sucks. I would be shocked if Admiral lost.

  • remrats

    Does he feel a disturbance in the force when Admiral plays Ak bar?

  • randomstranger

    *Ouija*

  • capsfansteve

    hahahah nice.

  • yv

    I have guessed that March 25th vs LAK ‘d be the first Kuzya’s game after playoffs exit, but now it looks probable March 14th vs Canucks in VC?

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    Nothing is probable.

  • Eric Schulz

    Sorry to cheer against your team, Evgeny, but we’ve waited *too* long…

  • Eric Schulz

    Nope; the Caps entered the game not controlling their own destiny.

  • yv

    Interestingly, two new teams in KHL, Admiral and Medveshak Zagreb, have elected to build and play on NHL size rinks and both making into playoffs in their first year of existence. Considering that D/O-zones there even smaller than in NHL they fully using home-ice advantage.

  • Jake Ettawakapow

    Lol Wigi.

  • Jake Ettawakapow

    I’d be lying if I said I wanted Traktor and Amur to win.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Look out Kuzya, it’s a trap!