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Evgeny Kuznetsov has been the Caps MVP through the first month of the season. He’s assisted on game-winning goals, scored his first career hat trick, and on Saturday, tallied his first game-winning goal of the season, dismissing the Florida Panthers in overtime. All three Capitals on the ice were Russian. (You can’t write a better script than that, especially for this blog.)

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It has been a productive start of the season for Evgeny Kuznetsov. He has given his fans a team-leading 12 points, a hat trick, a highlight reel worth of spectacular moments of Harry Potter-worthy magic on the ice, and NHL Player of the Week awardnot to mention his remarkably improved command of English language.

What else could we hope for? Well, maybe a nice long interview in Kuzy’s native language. Lo and behold, we get exactly that courtesy of Aleksey Shevchenko of business-gazeta.ru (who may be more familiar to some of the readers as @Boogaard_2), which we are happy to bring to you in its entirety.

Kuznetsov talks about Barry Trotz’s “iron discipline,” how he deals with the media, and his struggles with changing diapers.

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The Washington Capitals haven’t dropped the gloves once this year, but that almost changed in the first period. According to NBCSN’s Pierre McGuire, Sidney Crosby and Evgeny Kuznetsov challenged each other to a fight.

Wait.. what?

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During the Caps’ recent road trip through Canada, center Evgeny Kuznetsov did a Russian-language interview with Championat.com’s Alexander Govorov. Kuznetsov spoke about new linemate TJ Oshie, his favorite places in Canada to play, and how he got the nickname Harry Potter.

Igor Kleyner has your translation.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov Named NHL’s First Star of the Week

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Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been named the NHL’s first star of the week. It’s the first time Kuzy has been named one of the NHL’s three stars in his young career.

Kuznetsov had six assists and nine points last week, including his first career hat trick Friday against Edmonton. Also, don’t forget that sick game-winning assist either. The Caps went undefeated (3-0) while Kuznetsov centered the team’s first line during their West Coast road trip. He is amongst the league leaders in points. Go Zhenya!

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Things are going very well for the Washington Capitals. At 6-1-0, they lead the Metropolitan Division and are tied for the second most standing points in the league. Heading into Saturday night, several Caps were at or near the top of the league’s leaderboards.

Capitals GM Brian MacLellan should be swinging his pants around his head like a helicopter right now. Let’s recap.

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Evengy Kuznetsov notched his first career NHL hat trick Friday night in a wild 7-4 victory in Edmonton. It was a fitting end to the Capitals last game at Rexall Place, completing a sweep of their Western Canada road trip and extending their winning streak to 6-1.

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Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov played the best game of his young career against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night. Kuzy tallied three goals–his first NHL hat trick–and two assists in the Caps’ 7-4 win. The five points were a career high (in the NHL).

The young Russian’s trio of goals covered all the bases. There was a beautiful tic-tac-toe with linemates TJ Oshie and Alexander Ovechkin, a breakaway off a perfect feed from John Carlson (and a pretty bad play at center ice by Oilers defenseman J. Schultz (no, not that one), and a power-play snipe to close out the third period.

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Touchdown: Caps Beat Oilers 7-4

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Did you see that?! Did you even see Friday night’s glorious mess of a hockey game between the Washington Capitals and Edmonton Oilers?

No, really, did you see it? A track meet. A barn burner. A game with a lot of goals. Too much happened for a comprehensive recap. In short: everyone scored and then the road team won.

Caps beat Oilers 7 to 4. Perfect road trip!

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It’s been clear for awhile that Evgeny Kuznetsov has the potential to be a great player. In 2004, Dave Bidini featured a 12-year-old Kuznetsov in a documentary about Russian hockey. Once Kuznetsov joined the the KHL, he dominated with Traktor Chelyabinsk, his hometown team.

Now Kuznetsov is in the NHL. With the opportunity to center two skill forwards, and after a lot of hard work, he is finally breaking out. On Thursday he recorded the game-winning assist in the Capitals’ 3-2 win over Vancouver. He is currently averaging a point per game and has four assists in his last two games.

Early on Friday morning, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz couldn’t stop gushing about how much progress the 23-year-old has made since last season.

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