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In Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s  December article in the Players’ Tribune, we learned how he first fell in love with hockey, how YouTube influenced his game, and how different Russian hockey is from the NHL. But the part of that story that stood out most to us were Kuznetsov’s interactions with former Capitals forward Alex Semin.

Semin, we learned, used to live in an apartment above Kuznetsov’s hockey school and used to skate with the young Kuznetsov, eight years his junior. In the years since, Semin’s fondness for Kuznetsov has not waned.

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Tuesday night, Russian god of passing Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his 100th career NHL point. The milestone point came on Justin Williams’ 17th goal of the season. It was a tremendous effort by the three-time Stanley Cup champion, who, after getting initially stopped by Pekka Rinne, knocked home his own rebound.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov is a national treasure; here’s another example. Late in the first period of the Caps-Flyers game, goaltender Steve Mason made a save on a blistering wrist shot from Kuznetsov. Mason was unable to corral the puck with his chest. The rebound bounced out of the crease, and Mason dived to cover it.

Meanwhile, Flyers defenseman Evgeny Medvedev, unaware Mason was so far out of the crease, tripped over his goalie while skating backwards. The ref broke into laughter. So did Kuznetsov.

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The NHL just announced their stars of the month for January. And a Capital’s in the top three again.

Braden Holtby was named the NHL’s second star in both November and December. Now Evgeny Kuznetsov has been named the first star of January after scoring 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 10 games. During the first month of 2016, Kuznetsov ranked second in the NHL in points. He also leads the Caps overall with 49.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov was a stud at his first ever NHL All-Star Game. Kuzy had a blast at media day, shined in the skills competition, and scored in the game itself.

After a long, hard weekend in Nashville, Kuznetsov returned home and celebrated with a well-earned cheat meal from McDonald’s.

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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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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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