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Humble af Evgeny Kuznetsov spoke with SovSport’s Natalia Bragilevskaya after the Capitals closed out their first-round series with the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday. He addressed a topic likely to dominate media conversations over the next week: the Caps’ past playoff failures. Many of those disappointments have come against the Pittsburgh Penguins, whom the Caps will face in the second round.

Kuznetsov wanted to get ahead of that talk now.

“You mention the previous century – but of those people, who is still playing?” Kuznetsov asks. “That’s history, nobody cares about it.”

“The guys in Pittsburgh are the same people – two legs, two arms, one head,” Kuznetsov added.

Igor Kleyner has your translation.

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Flyers forward Brayden Schenn had already delivered a series full of questionable hits. During Game Four, Schenn stepped his troll game up another notch, using his stick as a weapon.

The hubbub occurred late in the second period. Second line forward Justin Williams centered a pass to Evgeny Kuznetsov in front of the net. Kuznetsov took a few whacks at the puck in the crease before Michal Neuvirth froze the puck. That’s when Schenn arrived on the scene to deliver a cross-check after the whistle.

It was a dangerous play.

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Monday night at Wells Fargo Center, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his first goal in 22 games. It was a gift from the Hockey Gods. Kuznetsov scored after a Justin Williams dump-in took a strange bounce off the boards. The puck ricocheted to Kuznetsov, who was skating alone towards the front of the net. Using sublime patience, Kuznetsov tucked the puck past Steve Mason’s outstretched pad, giving the Caps a back-breaking 3-1 third period lead.

Several minutes later, Kuznetsov was on the ice when he saw his friend, Dmitry Orlov, get shoved headfirst into the boards by Pierre-Édouard Bellemare. As Orlov received medical attention on the bench, a Flyers fan threw a bracelet from the stands, striking Orly in the left cheek.

In the locker room, Kuznetsov conducted a Russian-language interview with SovSport’s Natalia Bragilevskaya and spoke about how the game turned into a sideshow in the third period.

“No fan would be happy when his team is losing,” Kuznetsov said. “That’s how it happened, but it is on their conscience. Our fans have more class.”

Kuznetsov also seemed to be genuinely touched and heart-broken by the pre-game ceremony honoring Flyers owner Ed Snider.

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This season, the Washington Capitals blocked just under 1,000 shots in 82 regular-season games. That averages out to about a dozen a game. In Game One of the first round against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night, the Caps got in the way of 23 shots. The usual suspects of John Carlson, Matt Niskanen and Karl Alzner did much of the work. But so did skill players like Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

“Not even pain,” Kuznetsov said when a reporter asked him about a key shot he absorbed. ”I fake it.”

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After a slow end to the regular season, Evgeny Kuznetsov was hyped for Game One. Kuzy had some of the Capitals’ best scoring chances in the first period. Then there was this faceoff with Claude Giroux.

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Peter already shared RMNB’s Easter wishes for the Washington Capitals. Well Caps players and their adorable, precious, little babies have a wish for you too: Have a Happy Easter!

Let’s review what they’ve shared on Instagram.

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Earlier this week, we published a partial translation of an Evgeny Kuznetsov interview with Igor Rabiner of Sport-Express. Kuzy spoke about his ‘close’ friendship with Alex Ovechkin, how the team celebrated Ovi’s 500th goal, and how important the Stanley Cup is to him.

In the second part of the interview, Kuznetsov speaks about his affinity for Barry Trotz.

“I don’t think this coach will allow us to relax,” Kuznetsov says of Trotz. “He straightens you out very quickly. And our team has character, we won’t let ourselves take it easy. We work hard every practice, not to mention the games. We are very comfortable within our team off ice, and everybody works hard in training.

Kuznetsov and Rabiner also talks about Ovechkin’s leadership inside the locker room.

Igor Kleyner has your translation.

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On Saturday March 26, the Capitals will celebrate their annual Fan Appreciation Night during their game against the St. Louis Blues.

All fans in attendance will receive a figurine of Evgeny Kuznetsov.

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During the Caps’ West Coast road swing earlier this month, center Evgeny Kuznetsov met up with Igor Rabiner of Sport-Express. Their conversation was fascinating.

Kuznetsov speaks about his ‘close’ friendship with Alex Ovechkin, how the team celebrated Ovi’s 500th goal, and if it’s important to him to be the top-scoring Russian in the NHL. Hint: it’s not.

“Maybe getting points is nice, but I would gladly trade them all for a chance to play in the Stanley Cup final,” Kuznetsov said. “And I believe any player would say the same. Honestly.”

Kuznetsov and Rabiner also spoke about Ovechkin’s prediction that his protege will one day score 40 goals in the NHL.

Igor Kleyner has your translation.

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The Caps leading point-producer, Evgeny Kuznetsov, had another one of those nights. The 23-year-old Chelyabinsk native was magical with the puck, tallying his fourth three-assist game and his eighth three-point game of the season.

Kuznetsov used an unreal slap pass to Daniel Winnik to help the former Leaf tally his first goal with the Capitals. Later in the second period, Kuzy did The Kuzy Pass From The Kuzy Spot, leading to a TJ Oshie goal. Finally, early in the third period, Kuznetsov showed his poise, gathering in a loose puck near the boards and finding Andre Burakovsky wide open in front of the net.

All three assists were primary assists. And all three passes showed off Kuznetsov’s world-class talent. Just don’t tell that to him.

“It’s lucky play again,” Kuznetsov sheepishly said of his twisting, against-the-grain pass to Oshie.

“That’s just luck?” a reporter asked.

“Yeah, of course,” Kuznetsov replied.

Kuznetsov’s teammates were a bit less timid.

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