The All-Star Game barely resembles hockey, except for the fact that Evgeny Kuznetsov is scoring. This one comes from an assist from Carolina’s Justin Faulk, who you might be surprised to learn is an All-Star.

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Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov admitted he was disappointed about his performance during the Breakaway Challenge, Saturday. He also confirmed to the media that his second breakaway attempt was indeed an homage to Alex Ovechkin.

“Like a copy but not a good copy,” Kuznetsov said.

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We saw Evgeny Kuznetsov’s thoughtfulness and cleverness in the All-Star Breakaway Challenge. In the Skills Challenge Relay, Kuznetsov showed off his world-class passing ability.

Kuznetsov was chosen as one of the Eastern Conference team’s passers. His job was simple, yet very difficult. He had to toss a cross-ice sauce pass into four tiny goals as quick as he possibly could.

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Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov will play in his first All-Star Game Sunday because his friend and mentor, Alex Ovechkin, opted out of the game Thursday night due to a lower-body injury. So what did Kuznetsov do to show his appreciation? During his second attempt in the All-Star Breakaway Challenge, Kuzy emulated Ovechkin’s magical moment with Evgeni Malkin at the 2009 All-Star Skills Competition in Montreal – with a few twists.

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The Montreal Canadiens’ PK Subban just took a selfie during the Skills Competition. I see Patrice Bergeron, Kris Letang, Cory Schneider, Sophia Jurksztowicz playing with her hair, and… hey, wait a second!

We’re going to need to enhance the right-hand corner of the photo.

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First-time all stars Evgeny Kuznetsov, Braden Holtby, and Nicklas Backstrom walked the red carpet ahead of tonight’s Skills Competition at Bridgestone Arena in front of a huge crowd. Kuznetsov once again wore his lucky suit again.

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On Saturday, the Hockey Hall Of Fame got a whole lot gr8er as they announced on Twitter that Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has donated his 500 goal gloves to the Toronto museum. You’ll notice that the Bauer APX2 Pro gloves have Sergei Ovechkin’s name stitched on the thumb as well as two eyes. It’s a tribute to Alex’s older brother.

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Friday, Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien spoke to the media and talked about his uncertain future in Winnipeg.

The 30-year-old all-star defenseman is in the final season of a five-year, $26 million contract. Byfuglien is considered by Elliotte Friedman as a potential target of the Washington Capitals.

When asked if his preference was to stay in Winnipeg, Byfuglien was not convincing that he wanted to stay in the park-less city.

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After Thursday’s game, the Washington Capitals announced that Alex Ovechkin would sit out this year’s All-Star Game due to a nagging lower-body injury. Barry Trotz said Ovechkin had been dealing with the issue since mid-November. Ovechkin joked that he aggravated the injury while clearing snow from his house.

If Ovechkin had been dealing with an injury, Ovechkin’s father Mikhail never knew about it.

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At media day for the NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, stylish Evgeny Kuznetsov was like a kid in a candy store. After eavesdropping on Nicklas Backstrom’s press conference, Kuznetsov adopted the role of a journalist and asked Backstrom a question.

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