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This seemed worth documenting. Via TSN.ca’s Scott Cullen, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom are the highest scoring center tandem in the league.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov had a three-point night, which gave him a share of the team lead of points with 41. Kuzy’s empty-net goal and his apple to Tom Wilson were especially magical, but so was Kuzy’s second intermission interview with Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy.

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Magic man Evgeny Kuznetsov just had another one of Those Assists. The kind where you just stare at your TV or computer screen and go how did he do that?

Kuznetsov’s latest golden apple was this no-look, backhanded, sauce pass to Tom Wilson while going against the grain behind the net. It was the easiest goal of Wilson’s career.

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Last night, Evgeny Kuznetsov had two more highlight-reel plays in a season full of highlight-reel plays. In the first period, after playing keep-away along the dasher boards, Kuznetsov found Andre Burakovsky with a jaw-dropping cross-ice pass and the Burracuda’s fourth goal of the season. That pass eluded four sticks, including teammate Justin Williams. One period later, Kuznetsov was back at it on the power play. Kuznetsov, taking the open ice offered by sagging Bruins penalty killers, released a snapshot on a helpless Tuukka Rask.

Those were great, but he saved his best act for the third period. In one shift, Kuznetsov turned a NHL hockey game into a beer-league exhibition.

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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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