His previous shootout attempt saw him approach the opposing goaltender at a record slow pace, rivaling a sloth on the rush. He was just barely moving forward, as required by the rule book. The most important part, Evgeny Kuznetsov converted on his attempt.
Kuznetsov went first for the Capitals in Sunday night’s shootout with the Toronto Maple Leafs and added a new bit of flair to his attempt, a stick twirl in the middle of his slow-mo approach. In the end, he would be the only Capitals player to convert.
Here is another angle of Sunday night’s shootout attempt by Kuznetsov, coming right at you, as if you were the goaltender. The stick twirl has to catch your eye if you are in goal. It may not have mattered in the end, as Kuznetsov’s late snap of the wrist is really the key to his conversions.
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The bottom line, Kuznetsov is converting on his attempts, but the added flair is refreshing. It’s leaving us anticipating the Capitals next shootout, but with just three games remaining in the regular season, time is running out. (no overtime or shootout in the postseason). You almost hope that one of those games goes to a shootout. Almost.
By Jon Sorensen