Photo: Alex Brandon
10:45 AM Update: 12 hours later, the NHL has finally credited Kuznetsov with the goal.
SCORING CHANGE: The #Caps overtime goal in last night's game against the New Jersey Devils has been credited to Evgeny Kuznetsov.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) March 27, 2015
If you ever wanted to understand how far Evgeny Kuznetsov has come as a hockey player, his game-winning goal against the Devils– and the seconds before that– are all you need to see.
After taking a long stretch pass from Alex Ovechkin in overtime, Kuzy put on a forechecking clinic. He shielded the puck away from 6’4″, 205-pound defenseman Jon Merrill. As he emerged from the corner, he nearly connected with Marcus Johansson streaking to the net for the game-winning tally.
Instead the puck popped out to the point. Matt Niskanen fired the Niscannon. Kuzy, set up in front of the crease, deflected the puck past Cory Schneider.
For a guy who scored almost all of his KHL goals on breakaways and wrist shots from the slot, this is an impressive transformation.
To celebrate, this happened.
I guess Troy Brouwer is putting some pepper on Kuzy because he’s sizzling. He’s The Sizzler!
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