Before Friday’s tilt against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin shared his secret to fully arousing his Russian consciousness with Evgeny Kuznetsov. Ovechkin held smelling salts in front of Kuznetsov’s face. But much like Marcus Johansson last season, Kuznetsov could not handle it.
Friday night, the Caps and Hurricanes traded leads all night long, forcing a shootout to determine the victor. That ended up being bad news for the Canes.
Barry Trotz sent out TJ Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov consecutively. Both players scored, ending the skills competition a round early.
Coming into tonight’s contest against the Carolina Hurricanes, Caps center Evgeny Kuznetsov has been on fire, tallying assists in five straight games.
Judging by this sequence, it appears Kuznetsov’s good stretch is bound to continue in Raleigh. Kuzy just successfully completed another stickhandling drill during an actual hockey game.
After going scoreless during his first four games in the NHL, talented Caps prospect Jakub Vrana now has three points in his last three games. On Friday, Vrana scored his first NHL goal after a beautiful setup by Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Tuesday night in Brooklyn, Vrana authored his first NHL multipoint game of his career. 2:09 into the second period, Vrana tallied his first NHL assist, receiving a secondary apple on Brett Connolly’s first period goal.
The dude was absolutely pumped.
Evgeny Kuznetsov played in his 206th career game tonight as a Capital and – just like Alex Ovechkin – hit a milestone.
After tallying a primary assist on Justin Williams’ third-period goal, Kuznetsov became the fourth-fastest player in franchise history to reach 100 assists. The only Capitals players who have accomplished this faster are pretty dang good: Nicklas Backstrom (138 GP), Alex Ovechkin (159 GP), and Mike Gartner (194 GP).
While the Washington Capitals lost their third straight game Saturday night, there were positives to take out of their matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning, as they peppered 35 shots on net, scored their first goal in over 109 minutes of play, and managed to pick up a point.
And then there was Evgeny Kuznetsov’s shootout goal.
On a night where Alex Ovechkin scored a hat trick and six of the game’s seven goals were scored by Russians, of course the prettiest play of the evening came from a pair of comrades.
6:31 into the third period, Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov carried the puck into the offensive zone and surged ahead of a surprised Jay Bouwmeester. As Evgeny Kuznetsov drove hard to the net, Orlov hit the center with a breathtaking backhanded pass, which the Chelyabinsk native tapped home for his third goal of the season.
The morning after their 1-0 shutout against the Detroit Red Wings, the Caps hosted a family skate after practice. The players were able to bring their little ones onto the ice for some quality ice time.
Such as Evgeny Kuznetsov, who pulled his full-grown man child Alex Ovechkin, around the rink in a boy’s sled.
After the Caps’ 5-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, Alex Ovechkin, Andre Burakovsky, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov returned home and bought a pay-per-view.
The players stayed up late to watch the UFC’s historic first visit to Madison Square Garden. Conor McGregor headlined the UFC 205 card and the “Notorious” Irishman knocked out Eddie Alvarez in Round 2. McGregor’s win made him the first combat fighter in UFC history to hold two belts in two different weight divisions.
Each Caps player documented their night on social media. Please prepare yourself for several thrilling vertical videos taken by the players of their respective TVs.
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