He’s just having fun out there.
1,358 days after being drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Evgeny Kuznetsov has finally recorded his first NHL point. Not one to settle, Kuzya then got a jaw-dropping assist on Tom Wilson‘s third goal of the year and recorded a secondary assist on a Mike Green goal.
Kuznetsov’s milestone assist came on the power play, where the Vancouver Canucks had, for the most part, shadowed Alex Ovechkin on the Ovi Spot. But Ovi found a little bit of space on the Caps’ second man advantage in the second period, and that’s all it took to put the Caps up 2-1 over the Canucks.
Kuznetsov, occupying Backstom’s spot on the opposite half board, served the puck up to John Carlson at the QB spot, who in turn fed it to Ovi. Ovi shot from the Ovi spot –> SCOAR.
Boom! Secondary assist for Kuzya.
A few minutes later, Jay Beagle gained control in neutral. He served up Evgeny Kuznetsov skating up the left wall. Kuznetsov faked a shot, then instead dished out a slap pass to Tom Wilson. The puck darted through traffic, across the slot, and directly onto Tom’s stick tape. Lay-up goal, Wilson’s third of the season, and Kuznetsov’s second assist– both for his career and this game.
In the third period, Kuznetsov showed off his strength and stick handling ability, holding a forechecking clinic in the Canucks’ offensive zone. He then found Nicklas Backstrom who then hit Mike Green at the point for a wide-open slap shot goal. It ended up being the game-winner.
That’s a hat trick of assists for Kuzya in his third NHL game. It’s also his first career multi-point game. He was also named the number one star.
— Emily Ward (@em_ward15) March 15, 2014
With the assist on Ovechkin’s goal, Kuznetsov also became the 43rd player from the 2010 NHL Draft to score a point in the NHL.
Kuznetsov also first NHL player to record three assists in one of his first three NHL games since LA's Anze Kopitar on 10/7/06 #Caps
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) March 15, 2014
Boy, did he look good tonight.
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) March 15, 2014
Kuznetsov’s first NHL point.
Kuznetsov’s sick assist on Tom Wilson’s third goal of the year.
Kuznetsov’s third assist on Mike Green’s ninth goal of the season.