evgeny-kuznetsov-celebrates

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.

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.

Also, this:

Boy, did he look good tonight.

Video

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.

  • Chris Cerullo

    So sick))))

    But Caps overall again make me want to punch multiple walls.

  • disolitude

    Never seen Caps pull off a play like that second assist. Just beautiful. Hope they don’t blow it in the 3rd…

  • James Hare

    HE’S ON FIRE!!!!

  • Tadd

    Well, this Russian dude.. Seems pretty okay.

  • James Hare

    But for real that Kuzy to Willy goal was sick as hell. SCOAR MOAR GOALS!

  • Steve Killmon

    Can’t believe the vision. When they showed the highlight during second INT, that lane to Wilson wasn’t open when Kuzya wound up. It opened up just as he fired the slap-pass. Just remarkable.

  • James Hare

    That tempering expectations thing can go out the window now, right?

  • Bilal

    I don’t even know what to say……..that pass to Wilson was just……amazing….and he got another one too…

  • Matt Lauer

    Kuzya. That is all.

  • kuzywilsonlove

    I am going to preface this with I don’t mean to take away from that amazing assist at all, it was a great play.

    However, after the goal he seemed to go off an celebrate by himself. In the KHL do they join on the ice together after a goal? I don’t blame him because he was the goal, it couldn’t have been set up better.

    All and all, great play from everyone. I hope Kuzy and Wilson work off each other and both prove themselves to move up in the lines.

  • Owen Johnson

    #kuzyacares

  • Veloj

    And he was 100% in faceoffs. Move him to center!

  • araporrada21

    Atta boy !

  • themav80

    So sick!)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

  • Michael

    Not about Kuzya, but has anyone else noticed that Green’s wrist shot is much more effective than his slap shot? It seems every time he goes for the one-timer he misses wide or high. I know that’s part of the nature of that shot, but I’d rather see him get his shots on goal.

    Edit: Kusnetsov was awesome and I’m so glad he’s finally here.

  • Yo8

    Didn’t he join them later? 0:13

  • Matt

    looked like he turned to the D men and then came to join the other forwards

  • Myan

    I think that was an anomaly. His career faceoffs are 38% and about 25% in playoffs. Yikes!

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett
  • Veloj

    I was mostly being sarcastic, and partially riding along with all of the messiah/enthusiasm comments

  • Myan

    Oh. But he is the Messiah!!! Don’t you dare tell me differently!

  • Veloj

    haha let’s hope! he only had one faceoff last night. thought that should have clued everyone in on my sarcasm ;)

  • 70Caps

    http://espn.go.com/espn/elias

    The full explanation of what Vogel said is about half way down.

  • Matt

    Any one else notice that Kuzny took out the d-man on Green’s goal?

  • Ternesti

    I think kuzya was destined to get his 1st nhl assist on a goal by ovi. What a game by him and willy.