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Evgeny Kuznetsov has become, in the words of Craig Laughlin, a human highlight reel. One period after he needled a pass through four sticks for a Burakovsky’s goal, Kuznetsov scored on the power play in an equally impressive manner.

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Andre Burakovsky hasn’t had many opportunities to score. A mainstay on the fourth line when he manages to crack the lineup, Burakovsky has hit the back of the net just a handful of times this season. But if you pair him with Evgeny Kuznetsov’s otherworldy passing, good things will happen.

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Old man Jason Chimera notched his 11th goal in the first period of the Blue Jackets game, but that’s not important. Not to take anything away from Chimera, but straight-up, you could have scored on this pass. Your pomeranian could have scored on this pass.

Yeah, Evgeny Kuznetsov did it again. Look at this pass. Just look at it.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov was the Capitals’ first star in Washington’s 5-2 shellacking of the Buffalo Sabres. Despite trailing 2-1 heading into the third period, the Caps scored four unanswered goals to win their ninth-straight game.

Kuznetsov was a gigantic part of that. The 23-year-old forward, who slid back up into the first line center position with Nicklas Backstrom out hurt, tallied the primary assists on Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson’s game-tying and game-winning goals. Kuznetsov also had six shots on goal, which is his second highest total of the season. Kuznetsov’s even strength shot attempt differential was an astronomical plus-27.

After the game, Kuznetsov was his normal, ridiculous self with reporters.

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Do-everything-right center Nicklas Backstrom did not return to the Caps-Sabres game in the third period due to an upper body injury. That’s really bad news, but it reunited Evgeny Kuznetsov with Alex Ovechkin and TJ Oshie on the first line.

The TKO Line scored on their first shift reunited together.

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Derek Jeter’s Players’ Tribune has published an article by Evgeny Kuznetsov. Kuznetsov touches on his deep-seeded passion for the sport, the differences between Russian hockey and the NHL, and his experiences with Alex Semin.

I’m just going to blockquote my favorite parts, but please read this whole article because it’s amazing.

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Here’s How the Capitals Spent Their Christmas Break

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The Washington Capitals have been on Christmas Break ever since Monday’s thrilling 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

So what has everyone been up to? I’m glad you asked.

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Where were you when Evgeny Kuznetsov became indisputably JOKES? The date was December 12, the night of the Tampa Bay game, in the second period, in the library with the tuck-in goal.

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The Capitals have a lot of skill, which makes them extra dangerous in three-on-three overtime. “We’ve got some good guys out there,” TJ Oshie said after the game to reporters.

That same skill makes the Caps downright lethal in the shootout. Barry Trotz didn’t even have to send out his three-time MVP, Alex Ovechkin, or arguably his best player, Nicklas Backstrom. Instead he sent out Oshie– the player who rose to fame by beating Team Russia in an Olympic shootout — and Evgeny Kuznetsov, the Caps’ team leader in points.

They scored easily.

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While teammates Andre Burakovsky and Stan Galiev watched what the NFL billed as a “professional football” game in Maryland on Monday night, Evgeny Kuznetsov pal’d around D.C. with one of his idols, Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk.

Kuzy posted a photo of himself with Datsyuk and an unidentified other serious-looking man Monday night, using the graduation cap emoji, presumably because he’s hoping to learn a thing or two from the Russian “Magic man.”

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