‘Russian’ to Capitals Career Milestones Against The Canucks: Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin

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Many fans watching Friday’s Washington Capitals and Vancouver Canucks game were anticipating Alex Ovechkin scoring his 767th career goal, which would have moved him past Jaromir Jagr for sole possession of third place on the all time goals list. While that particular milestone didn’t take place, there were other Capitals’ career milestones that did occur in the game.

Evgeny Kuznetsov recorded his second career hat trick in Friday night’s tilt. He now has 475 career points which moves him ahead of long time defenseman, Calle Johansson (474), for tenth place on the Capitals’ all time points list.

In addition, Kuznetsov’s three goals increased his career total to 148, moving him past Steven Konowalchuk (146) for sixteenth place in career goals in franchise history. His next career goal will tie him with Kevin Hatcher (149) for fifteenth. For the season, Kuznetsov has 19 goals and 38 assists.

Kuznetsov was not the only Capitals player reaching a milestone on Friday. Alex Ovechkin also achieved a milestone of his own, even if it wasn’t the one that everyone was anticipating.

With an assist on Kuznetsov’s second goal, Ovechkin earned his 1,391th NHL point which tied him with Brett Hull for 23rd place on the all time list for career points. He is just three points behind Luc Robitaille (1394), seven points behind Jari Kurri (1398), and nine points shy of the 1400 point threshold.

The Capitals will travel home on Saturday and have a day off on Sunday before they return to work on Monday for practice. They next host Barry Trotz and the Islanders on Tuesday at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.

By Diane Doyle

Further Reading
Evgeny Kuznetsov Records Second Career Hat Trick To Propel Capitals Over Canucks
Capitals Recover, Top Canucks, 4-3 (OT); Kuznetsov Gets Second Career Hat Trick, Eller Nets OTGWG
NHL.Com: Recap of Game

About Diane Doyle

Been a Caps fan since November 1975 when attending a game with my then boyfriend and now husband.
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3 Responses to ‘Russian’ to Capitals Career Milestones Against The Canucks: Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin

  1. Anonymous says:

    I wonder how much longer Kuzy will be around after Ovi retires. He may decide to leave at same time. We need to enjoy their play while we can.

    • Diane Doyle says:

      It will depend on how well Kuzy is doing in hockey. While I doubt he’ll last until he’s 40, I think he’ll stick in the NHL for 2-3 years after Ovi is done.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Was just about to get on Kuzy for his traditional kid-season disappearing act. Sheary was about to pass him in goals. He’ll always be a 20 goal scorer no matter what.

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