Evgeny Kuznetsov Named to First NHL All-Star Game

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Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov has been named to his first NHL All-Star Game, the team announced this morning.

Kuznetsov joins Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby in representing the Caps, and replaces Alex Ovechkin on roster. The team announced after last night’s overtime loss to the Flyers that Ovechkin, who had been selected as the captain of the Metropolitan Division All-Star team, will miss the game because of a lower-body injury

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Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s celebrations in the NHL have been mostly muted since leaving the KHL. But Wednesday, after assisting on Andre Burakovsky’s game-tying goal, Kuzy did what all the hip kids are doing. He dabbed.

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The Washington Capitals hosted a VIP season-ticket holder party at Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar Tuesday and something subtle but brilliant happened. During the event, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Justin Williams switched jerseys. Or should I say Evgeny Williams and Justin Kuznetsov.

It was either a sign of respect or those jokers were trying to confuse everyone.

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The Washington Capitals have been humming along here, distancing themselves from the competition at an increasingly rampant pace. Despite having played the second fewest number of total games thus far, they have more wins than anyone else. During a time in which parity reigns supreme with the number of loser points being handed out keeping teams clustered together closely, they’re the only division leader holding a double-digit lead.

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What Caps Players Did During the DC Blizzard

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Over the last two days, the DC Blizzard dropped two feet of snow in the district and three feet in surrounding areas. The snow forced the cancellation of both Caps’ home games this weekend including tilts against the Ducks and Penguins. That leaves the Caps in a really weird stretch, where they’ll only play one game in 14 days.

Without hockey, the players spent time with their families and messing around on social media. I went ahead and documented it all.

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Don’t put the Capitals on the power play. I thought that was clear by now, but the Columbus Blue Jackets did it anyway. Worse: with Justin Falk’s bloody high stick on Marcus Johansson, Washington got a super-sized, 4-minute man advantage.

The Caps scored twice. Evgeny Kuznetsov got the primary assist on both. (This team, jeez.)

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If there’s one non-hockey thing Evgeny Kuznetsov has picked up from Alex Ovechkin, it’s celebrating teammates’ goals as hard as his own. On Sunday night, Justin Williams scored a hat trick after Kuznetsov forced a turnover. When the puck hit the back of the net, Kuznetsov pumped his arms into the air and gave Williams a huge hockey hug.

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This seemed worth documenting. Via TSN.ca’s Scott Cullen, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom are the highest scoring center tandem in the league.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov had a three-point night, which gave him a share of the team lead of points with 41. Kuzy’s empty-net goal and his apple to Tom Wilson were especially magical, but so was Kuzy’s second intermission interview with Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy.

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Magic man Evgeny Kuznetsov just had another one of Those Assists. The kind where you just stare at your TV or computer screen and go how did he do that?

Kuznetsov’s latest golden apple was this no-look, backhanded, sauce pass to Tom Wilson while going against the grain behind the net. It was the easiest goal of Wilson’s career.

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