Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov: “It’s Not Easy To Be In First Place For 82 Games”

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Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov told the media that “it’s not easy to be in first place for 82 games,” on the team’s season as they went 19-16-3, including 7-9-3 in their last 19 games leading up to the NHL pause, after a 22-4-5 start to the season. The Capitals went from first place in the NHL to 10 points behind that spot. “It’s normal to give up a few games,” Kuznetsov said.

Kuznetsov said that he will “definitely” bring his PlayStation to the NHL bubble in Toronto, “but [I’m] ready to play hockey.” He just got a new stick from the store, so he is looking forward to trying that out.

Kuznetsov “just hope(s) there will be good food,” and there will be a feeling of home inside the bubble. “Food will be a big change for us,” as he is used to a mix of healthy and unhealthy ones from during the pause.

He said that the hiatus “suck[ed] a little bit. …[It] feels nice… It’s just nice to play hockey [again].” Kuznetsov stayed in the Washington area during the pause and was one of the first players back on the ice when the Capitals opened their training facility for phase two.

“[I’m] just excited to get back and conditioning was great,” Kuznetsov said, adding that he was most worried about that part. “[I] hope we stay professional [in the bubble].” He thought that his teammates are in “great shape” in training camp so far.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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