Throughout the last several weeks and during his three-game suspension, Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov showed remorse and expressed consistently his desire to right the ship and show he is capable of being a consistent presence in the Washington lineup. And the wait wasn’t long, as the former first-round pick wasted no time in keeping his word in his first game back from his suspension.
On his first shot in the Capitals’ Tuesday night tilt against the Dallas Stars, Kuznetsov scored his first goal of the 2019-20 season against Stars goaltender Ben Bishop.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 8, 2019
The announcement of the goal from Capitals Public Address announcer Wes Johnson brought a raucous applause from the crowd at Capital One Arena. After playing during the preseason, Kuznetsov missed the first three games of the regular season for inappropriate conduct related to testing positive for cocaine earlier in the year in a test by the International Ice Hockey Federation, who suspended the 27-year old center for four years from international play. Kuznetsov’s goal came at the 4:49 mark of the opening frame and was assisted by Jonas Siegenthaler.
By Michael Fleetwood