Photo: Jerome Miron
Earlier Monday, my compatriot Patrick Holden (whom you should follow) pointed out a mind-blowing stat that I want to share with the entire RMNB universe. Evgeny Kuznetsov, who currently leads the NHL in primary assists with 33, is three away from tying for the most in a season since 2012-13.
Photo: Sanford Myers
The Caps may not be playing their best hockey right now, but I feel confident saying Evgeny Kuznetsov made the save of the night. In the first period during a TV stoppage, an unidentified Dallas Stars Ice Girl wiped out. That’s when Kuzy sprung into action.
Unfortunately there’s no video, but Twitter can set the scene.
Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn
Last night during the third period of Caps-Wild, Evgeny Kuznetsov, the Capitals leading scorer, was struck in the head by Mikael Granlund during a face off. Kuznetsov left the game woozy and the Caps later announced he’d be reevaluated Friday. We were all worried.
Friday afternoon, the Capitals released an update, saying Kuznetsov took and passed concussion tests and is expected to play Saturday against the Stars.
The Capitals leading scorer, Evgeny Kuznetsov, was injured in the third period and it was, in a word, horrifying.
After the Minnesota Wild scored a power play goal on a power play that should not have been a power play, Evgeny Kuznetsov and the gang took to center ice for the face off. Kuzy fought for possession of the puck with the Wild’s Mikael Granlund but inevitably lost when he was struck in the face with the butt-end of Granlund’s stick. Kuzy fell to the ground and clutched his nose and mouth in pain.
The Washington Capitals organization gives out a program during games called “Breakaway.” Inside, it features various Caps players and their various (potentially embarrassing) survey answers. Kuzy, I’m sure, loves the surveys (Ian really enjoys that Vine), and some might even say he has a bad romance with them.
I learned a lot . . . maybe too much — such as Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s favorite musician being Lady Gaga. One can only imagine how excited he was to watch the singer perform the national anthem at Super Bowl 50. Let’s look at some other tidbits that thornescratch over on Tumblr provided us with.
In Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s December article in the Players’ Tribune, we learned how he first fell in love with hockey, how YouTube influenced his game, and how different Russian hockey is from the NHL. But the part of that story that stood out most to us were Kuznetsov’s interactions with former Capitals forward Alex Semin.
Semin, we learned, used to live in an apartment above Kuznetsov’s hockey school and used to skate with the young Kuznetsov, eight years his junior. In the years since, Semin’s fondness for Kuznetsov has not waned.
Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel
Tuesday night, Russian god of passing Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his 100th career NHL point. The milestone point came on Justin Williams’ 17th goal of the season. It was a tremendous effort by the three-time Stanley Cup champion, who, after getting initially stopped by Pekka Rinne, knocked home his own rebound.
Evgeny Kuznetsov is a national treasure; here’s another example. Late in the first period of the Caps-Flyers game, goaltender Steve Mason made a save on a blistering wrist shot from Kuznetsov. Mason was unable to corral the puck with his chest. The rebound bounced out of the crease, and Mason dived to cover it.
Meanwhile, Flyers defenseman Evgeny Medvedev, unaware Mason was so far out of the crease, tripped over his goalie while skating backwards. The ref broke into laughter. So did Kuznetsov.
The NHL just announced their stars of the month for January. And a Capital’s in the top three again.
Braden Holtby was named the NHL’s second star in both November and December. Now Evgeny Kuznetsov has been named the first star of January after scoring 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 10 games. During the first month of 2016, Kuznetsov ranked second in the NHL in points. He also leads the Caps overall with 49.
After a long, hard weekend in Nashville, Kuznetsov returned home and celebrated with a well-earned cheat meal from McDonald’s.
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