Over the past few seasons, Evgeny Kuznetsov has asked Capitals coaching staffs if he could be a penalty killer. Kuzy has long been fascinated with the PK and has claimed the extra minutes would get him more into games. Peter Laviolette obliged this season and gave Kuzy another chance at it this year. So far the early returns say it’s working – at least offensively.
Saturday against the Flames, Kuznetsov scored his first shorthanded goal since March 26, 2018, a fantastic individual play that led a furious Capitals comeback in the second period.
The Capitals were down 3-0. Then Kuzy scored and the gates opened.