Evgeny Kuznetsov played in his 206th career game tonight as a Capital and – just like Alex Ovechkin – hit a milestone.
After tallying a primary assist on Justin Williams’ third-period goal, Kuznetsov became the fourth-fastest player in franchise history to reach 100 assists. The only Capitals players who have accomplished this faster are pretty dang good: Nicklas Backstrom (138 GP), Alex Ovechkin (159 GP), and Mike Gartner (194 GP).
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The broken play began after Dmitry Orlov took a shot from the point. Jacob Markström made the initial save with his pad, but the rebound popped over right to Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin dished to Kuznetsov who then dished to Williams. Bing, bang, bong.
Let’s just ignore the fact that Kuzy passed up a gimme goal in the slot to make an even more difficult play. This dude is pumped about the milestone, and I am too!
Of Kuznetsov’s 100 assists, 70 have been primary. Considering secondary assists are considered statistical noise, Kuznetsov’s accomplishment carries all the more weight for not relying on them as much.
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