Friday night, Evgeny Kuznetsov became the first Capitals player ever to record 10 assists in the team’s first five games. The very next night, Kuznetsov made some more history.
After collecting another apple on a Jakub Vrana goal, Kuzy became the first NHL player since 2012 to record 11 assists in his team’s first six games. The person he tied was none other than potential Hall of Famer Joe Thornton.
The @Capitals Evgeny Kuznetsov: 1st player to record 11 assists through his team's first 6 GP of a season since SJ's Joe Thornton in 2012-13
— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) October 14, 2017
That’s some good company to hold.
Kuznetsov’s assist came in the first period after Alex Ovechkin lost a face-off in the offensive zone.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 14, 2017
After some good forechecking along the boards, the Caps got the puck to the point. Carlson found Kuznetsov who then wrapped the puck on his backhand to Vrana for the gimme goal.
Vrana showed good awareness keeping his stick to the ice, keeping himself available for a potential pass.
Thanks to Kuznetsov, Vrana now has goals in two straight games.
Prior to this season, Vrana's three career goals came on the power play. Vrana now has two 5v5 goals over the last two games and five points on the season.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) October 14, 2017
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