Evgeny Kuznetsov Leaves Friday’s Game in Second Period with Injury

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During the second period of Friday night’s Capitals game against the New York Islanders, the Washington Capitals and their fans witnessed a scare that involved one of their key centers. Evgeny Kuznetsov was going down the ice for a breakaway. 

As he approached the goal he was slashed in his right wrist by the stick of Thomas Hickey. As that happened, Kuznetsov lost control and crashed right into the boards. This came with six seconds left in the second period. Trainers came out to the ice to aid Kuznetsov. While he did get up, he was still in pain and headed to the dressing room.

Capitals PR sent out a tweet saying that Kuznsetsov wouldn’t return to the game and will be evaluated on Saturday as the team travels to Philadelphia for their big contest against the Flyers Sunday evening.

After the game, which saw the Caps win 6-3, Barry Trotz was asked the status of Kuznetsov. According to The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, Trotz didn’t have any updates and that they’ll have more clarity tomorrow.

At about 2:22 p.m. on Saturday March 17, the Capitals announced that Kuznetsov is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He will not play in Sunday’s game against the Flyers.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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9 Responses to Evgeny Kuznetsov Leaves Friday’s Game in Second Period with Injury

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    Looked like a left wrist/fingers injury.


  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank heavens


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  4. Bill Hinton says:

    Hickey should be out as long as Kuznetsov is…bush league play…the Islanders really showed that they are bush league also.


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