kuznetsov-shootout-attempt

After recording a brilliant assist on Joel Ward‘s game-tying goal in the third period, Evgeny Kuznetsov (who now has four assists in four games) took his first career shootout attempt.

Kuznetsov, who scored like half of his KHL goals on breakaways, looked comfortable in the role.

Kuzya started slow, skating to his forehand before meandering back to his backhand side. As he approached the goal, he went to the center of the ice, made a few subtle dekes, then quickly went to his forehand to snap the puck past Jonathan Quick‘s blocker.

And the best part: no celebration. Kuznetsov acted like he’d done it before.

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What a goal. Though… I feel like I’ve seen this move before.

It even works on the backhand.

Sometimes five-hole too!

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  • Kelsey

    That was sexy

  • Simonezero

    Best part of last night- followed by almost instantaneous sadness. Who’s ready for a rematch? See you downtown on Tuesday!

  • araporrada21

    Intense 3rd, OT, should be a great rematch, Kuzya is playing great

  • William

    As a hockey player myself, Kuznetsov is one of those players you adore watching; He is a FLAWLESS skater, and he has excellent hands with a quick shot. A joy to watch, really.

  • Myan

    He looked a little lost out there through the first 30 minutes or so but towards the end of the 2nd and for all the 3rd he was thoroughly impressive. He looks like a mini Nick Backstrom.

  • yv

    Kuzya has now 5 assists in 6 games. That SOG should start his scoring also, hopefully against Sharks, where Caps haven’t won probably since NHL creation.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Damn. What a release. Quick wasn’t even ready for his shot.

  • Owen Johnson

    Kuzya scored a beauty, then Kopitar fumbled the puck because he was entranced by Jaro’s sweet mask. Then of course, Ovi blew momentum by being ineffective on the SO. It’s almost as if, despite being an awesome player, he kind of sucks at that one thing.

  • Zach S.

    AIN’T SO QUICK NOW, AREN’T YOU JOHNATHAN?

    I’ll show myself out…

  • Eddie

    It’s like the coaching staff does not learn: OVIE IS NOT GOOD ON THE SHOOTOUT. But they keep putting him up there, possibly to mollify the fans.
    Really, though, what was that definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?

  • Myan

    I have a theory about Kopitar’s fumble…SMOKED VISOR. “Start by identifying the biggest douchebag on the ice. It is ALWAYS the guy with the smoked visor.”

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

    Ha

    I like Kopitar!

  • Myan

    Yeah me too…especially because he’s always hanging out Matthew Perry so his Twitter is awesome.

  • Graham Dumas

    Yo, didn’t Ovi wear a smoked visor for a really long time?

    http://assets.sbnation.com/imported_assets/91955/ovechkin_visor.jpg

    Just saying, collateral damage hurts.

  • Myan

    HA yeah. I don’t want to make generalizations about players who wear smoked visors but that observation is generally true!

  • Phil Owen

    Young Sergei Fedorov.

  • William

    Ah Yes, one of the best! Pavel Bure as well

  • Owen Johnson

    I like my theory better :p

  • Owen Johnson

    And? Your point?
    -Max Talbot

  • VeggieTart

    Actually, right now, anyone who’s watched the Caps and has a brain is screaming, “For the love of Pete, please don’t put Ovi on the shootout!”

  • SleepyAlligator

    First NHL goal against the Sharks. You heard it here first.