Evgeny Kuznetsov Took Rushes on the Top Line at Morning Skate

Evgeny Kuznetsov continued his recovery from his upper-body injury during Saturday’s morning skate. Just a day after practicing in Friday’s optional, Kuznetsov came out to the ice and received the loudest ovation from the fans at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. 

There were a couple of clues that he could possibly play in Game 3 on Saturday night. First he took line rushes at the beginning of the skate with Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson.

Kuznetsov didn’t cycle out of the first line during rushes and was a full participant in the drills.

Some more evidence that he could play came on special teams when he was practicing with the top power play unit.

Kuznetsov didn’t take the scratches skate.

After the skate, Kuznetsov was medically cleared and was allowed to talk to reporters. When asked if he was going to play, all he said was, “we’ll see.”

Kuznetsov also gave his take on the hit from Brayden McNabb in Game 2 that knocked him out of the game.

“I saw him all the way,” Kuznetsov said. “It’s a hockey play. We hit their guys. They hit our guys. I’m never going to judge the referees or other players on how they play.”

Head coach Barry Trotz told the media that he’ll be a game-time decision.

By Michael Marzzacco

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