On Sunday, Evgeny Kuznetsovpracticed for the first time as a Washington Capital. Since it was a scheduled off-day for the rest of the team, Kuzya was alone on the ice. With only head coach Adam Oates and strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish on the ice, Kuznetsov performed some drills.
Towards the end of his 50-minute practice, Kuznetsov and the coaches had some fun, taking pot shots at an empty net from the opposing goal.
Kuznetsov first used the boards like a pool table on a couple attempts, which was pretty cool. Then, on one of his final tries, he heaved the puck like 50 feet into the air. After three or four seconds, you hear a soft thud of the puck hitting the back of the net 190 feet away. Like literally the center. It’s hard to make out (go full screen) but you have to see this.
It looked so perfect that I thought it was unnatural — like one of those CGI’dcommercials.