Evgeny Kuznetsov Scores Unlikely Goal in Final Minute


The Capitals sort of played a stinker against the Boston Bruins. There was precious little to enjoy about the game: a couple flashy saves by Braden Holtby, Jason Chimera crashing the net, maybe Ian rocking the spandex with the Brouwer Rangers. Thanks to the game’s final minute, we can add one more to that list: Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s stinger of a goal.

Seemingly defeated by Carl Soderberg’s insurance goal with seven minutes left, the Caps struggled to put together any kind of offensive push in the closing minutes of rego. Troy Brouwer made one such push, but the Bruins D tied him up. That play looked like it would fizzle like so many others against Boston.

Enter the New Guy.

Actually, this whole sequence is noteworthy. It started 190 feet away from the Bruins net, as John Carlson began the breakout. He hit up John Erskine, who promptly chucked a stretch pass through neutral to a waiting Troy Brouwer. (That’s illustrative of the team’s attitude towards neutral-zone play under the Oates administration.)

Brouwer made a valiant entry, but was outmanned. Goalie Chad Johnson unwisely abandoned the net to challenge Brouwer and the loose puck. Brouwer one-handed the puck off Johnson’s chest, creating the rebound that found Kuznetsov, the late man, at the lowest point of the faceoff circle.

That’s a low percentage angle, the kind Mario Lemieux built his legacy on, but Kuznetsov nailed it.

And there was much rejoicing:


Okay, there was no rejoicing.

Kuznetsov has two goals and five assists in eight NHL games. Told ya so.

  • Jake Ettawakapow

    KUZYA!!! He should be top PP unit. Backstrom and him should switch it up a bit so he can take his slapshots too, backstrom is always passing, nothing wrong with that, he sets up many chances in that position, but I would love him to start taking slap shots. Take Mojo off and send him to the second unit.

  • Steven Lemmeyer

    The glory that was Ian in spandex was…well, glorious but talk about a disappointing outcome. But, in moments like this we all know what we need to…http://24.media.tumblr.com/ca0438be27f9f2979b232f6078a73435/tumblr_mvppifClcX1sx6dado1_500.gif

  • themav80

    I’m betting if the Bruins are not up by 3 with only 50 seconds to go, Johnson doesn’t come out of the net to try and make that play.

  • Steven Lemmeyer

    Somebodies being a Debbie Downer. Can’t we just celebrate the Kuuuuuuz?

  • VeggieTart

    Even the goal gotten wasn’t enthusiastic. It was kind of anticlimactic.

  • Myan

    Good for him! What an impressive start he’s had to his NHL career!

  • Lawrence

    Gotta be honest, I really like what I’ve seen from Kuz and he’s only going to get better from here. He kinda reminds me a lot of backstrom, at least puck control wise.

  • Dave

    Kuznetsov is Semin, without the indifference.

  • Veloj

    I feel bad for LOLing everytime I see Brouwer fall on his face when his stick breaks

  • Jonathan Kenny

    The only reason this may be the best moment of the game is because it gives us anticipation for NEXT year.
    Chimera’s goal and, once again, the play of the 3rd (life)line, especially in the 3rd period, was the best part for me. They have consistently given the Caps hope…and maybe saved Oates job.
    But Kuzya is exciting and even I’m starting to buy into the hype. Too bad we don’t have Forsberg to go with him.

  • JustinC71

    Hate to see the boys drop a game to Boston like that, but seeing Kuzy live up to the hype is really making these late season games easier to deal with!

  • Owen Johnson

    Kuzya cares!