Don’t Know What Hit Them: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Tom Wilson Score 56 Seconds Apart in Preseason Tilt Against the Boston Bruins

With star Center Nicklas Backstrom still dealing with recovery from a hip ailment, the Washington Capitals are looking for the team’s other top forwards to pick up their offensive game in his absence. Two of those, Center Evgeny Kuznetsov and Right Wing Tom Wilson, showed that potential in the second period of the team’s preseason game against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday. Both goals came in rapid succession. Kuznetsov struck first, on assists from Alex Ovechkin and Garnet Hathaway at the 6:09 mark of the second frame.

Wilson’s strike came on a nice move in front of Boston goalie Linus Ullmark at the 7:05 timestamp of the second; the primary assist came from Kuznetsov, who caught Wilson breaking, and defenseman Nick Jensen.

The strikes came just 56 seconds apart and marked both Kuznetsov and Wilson’s first goals in the preseason. The Caps’ 2-1 lead lasted just under six minutes, as Boston’s Taylor Hall struck at the 13:17 mark to tie the game at 2-2. The two teams headed into the second intermission deadlocked at the score.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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