No Update on Evgeny Kuznetsov, Per Barry Trotz

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Washington Capitals top-line center Evgeny Kuznetsov left Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals after a hit by Brayden McNabb in the first period. The play happened when Kuznetsov came up the ice with the puck. The Vegas Golden Knights defenseman delivered a backward shoulder-to-shoulder hit on the glass.

Kuznetsov exited the ice clutching his left arm/hand/wrist. He did not return to the game.

After the game, which saw the Capitals prevail 3-2, Capitals coach Barry Trotz addressed the media. He was asked about the latest update on Kuznetsov who was initially listed as “questionable to return“.

Trotz said no.

Trotz added that he believed that the hit by McNabb is questionable and that he thinks the NHL Department of player safety will look at it.

Alex Ovechkin is optimistic that Kuznetsov will be okay.

The Capitals are off Thursday with a travel day and will return to the ice at Kettler on Friday for practice. Trotz will have a conference call with the media  at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday.

Losing Kuznetsov for any length of time would be a big blow to the Capitals. This postseason, Kuznetsov leads the league in scoring with 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) and entered Game 2 with an 11-game point streak.

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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12 Responses to No Update on Evgeny Kuznetsov, Per Barry Trotz

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sure looks like a shoulder to the head of Kuzi, not shoulder to shoulder, and he left his feet and there was an injury. Had Wilson delivered the hit, he would be suspended for the rest of the finals


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  4. Anonymous says:

    I agree!


  5. Anonymous says:

    Double standards are everywhere, especially in the NHL.


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