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During Jill Sorenson’s priceless interview with Evgeny Kuznetsov, we learned that the young Russian’s favorite TV show is Family Feud. “You know like Deal, No Deal but another one,” he said.

Kuznetsov took his Family Feud bit further Friday in an interview with NHL Network. This happened right after the Caps 4-2 win over Tampa Bay.

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The Washington Capitals have been playing just like they want against the Tampa Bay Lightning with the singular exception of the score. Despite outshooting the Bolts, the Caps had just a one-goal lead in the closing minutes of the second period. Then, as Braydon Coburn’s delay-of-game penalty was about to expire, Evgeny Kuznetsov slapped a pass right onto Jason Chimera’s stick. Scary good.

The Caps had a lot of zone time, incidentally provided by Kuznetsov’s solid carry-in to the zone, but couldn’t beat Tampa goaltender Vasilevskiy. Alex Ovechkin had left the ice as time was about to expire, which is when Kuznetsov did his thing.

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Dmitry Orlov is on 🔥. He’s got three goals in his last three games. His latest tally was thanks to a fantastic array of tiny plays by Evgeny Kuznetsov.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov continued his fantastic year Saturday night as the Capitals topped the Colorado Avalanche 7-3 in a wild game at Verizon Center. The Russian dynamo had two assists and a goal for his fourth career three point game.

“It just looks easy,” Kuznetsov said after the offensive onslaught was over. “It’s not easy to play against these guys. This team is dangerous team.”

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Wednesday night, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his sixth goal and second OTGWG of the season. In front of his idol Pavel Datsyuk, Kuznetsov went one-on-three and beat Petr Mrazek on a brilliant individual play. Kuznetsov, who was second in the league in points a few weeks ago, still leads the Caps as a team (18).

Braden Holtby, rarely overstated or hyperbolic, had high praise for Kuznetsov when he spoke with flesh-colored cucumber Pierre McGuire after the game.

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Wednesday night, the Capitals played in another maddening, low-scoring game game against the Red Wings. Lucky for the Caps, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Quidditch beater club in hand, was again the overtime hero.

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Ever since the Capitals drafted Evgeny Kuznetsov in the 2010 draft, the young Russian has tried to emulate Russian NHL superstars. One of those superstars is 37-year-old magic man Pavel Datsyuk, whom Kuznetsov will face tonight in Detroit.

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Thursday night, Evgeny Kuznetsov was slashed from behind in the the right leg (where there’s no protection) by Flyers forward Matt Read. The moment happened early in the third period, when the Caps were up 4-2. Kuznetsov, who has a history of knee problems, collapsed after the hit and writhed in pain. He needed Alex Ovechkin’s help to make it to the bench.

There was no penalty on the play.

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Dude. DUDE. Did you see that? DID. YOU. SEE. THAT? Tell me you saw that.

Evgeny Kuznetsov did that patented reverse-pass thing again, which always looks super cool. This time it went to TJ Oshie, who swatted the puck for a monster goal, his 5th of the season.

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