The Capitals are clawing their way out of a two-goal, and it’s Evgeny Kuznetsov who is digging deepest. After getting denied on a wild chance a few minutes earlier, Kuzy hit the back of the net six minutes into the second period.
The play began inauspiciously enough for the Rangers. Kuznetsov lost a face-off in the Caps defensive zone. But instead of defending, Kuznetsov out-hustled J.T. Miller to the puck, leading a Caps two-on-two break.
Kuznetsov dumped the puck into the offensive zone from center ice, and birthday boy Jason Chimera put the original shot on net. Lundqvist made the save, but the puck ambled to the slot. Kuzy wouldn’t let that go to waste.
That’s four goals in nine postseason games for Evgeny, approximately 28.5 percent Druce-ness.