Evgeny Doesn’t “Give a Shit” About Being MVP, Only Having Fun
There was one dominate player in the much-anticipated Stanley Cup rematch between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals – Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Kuznetsov recorded an incredible four-point game (1G, 3A) and was at the center of most of the Capitals quality scoring chances tonight.
Head coach Todd Reirden told me today that Kuznetsov is really, “rounding out his game,” but Kuznetsov said he doesn’t “give a shit” about being a top player but would rather “have fun every night.” Kuznetsov’s postgame interview:
Evgeny was the first to find the back of the net tonight with a great deflection from Nicklas Backstrom. He also fed his line mates Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom with some very slick passes, showing his fusion of goal scoring and great passing.
Braden Holtby also played a huge role in keeping the Capitals in the game tonight. Despite Vegas’ patented quick start offense. If it wasn’t for a couple clutch saves the Capitals could have easily found themselves in the hole down two or more.
Hardcore Capitals fans were once again reminded of the terrible trade made by former General Manager George McPhee when Cody Eakin (traded for 33 year-old Mike Ribeiro) put Vegas on the board in the second period. The trade never panned out, as Ribeiro was gone just one season later.
Oshie also extended his goal streak to three games tonight with an open net with less than two minutes left in the game. After Ovechkin passed Hall of Famer Brett Hull on the all-time goals list.
And once again the Capitals come out on top powered by their top talent, who are red-hot to start the season.
By Charlie Dipasquale