Washington Capitals top prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov opened the 2012-13 season with style on Thursday, scoring an empty-net goal in Traktor Chelyabinsk’s 2-0 victory over KHL rival Metallurg Magnitogorsk. But that wasn’t all. Since Kuzya can’t do anything without a tinge of controversy, he decided to celebrate his goal by dropping down in Metallurg’s offensive zone and doing push-ups. For a man who has in the past both canoed and swam down the length of the ice after scoring, this seems a bit reserved for him.
Below the jump, check out the video.
Kuznetsov’s goal is scored 20 seconds in and the push-ups are at the 35 second mark.
Former Thrasher Michael Garnett also posted a shutout and Deron Quint, known for his time with six different NHL franchises, scored the game-winner for Traktor. After a four-day break, Traktor Chelyabinsk will play again on Monday against Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg.