Kuznetsov will be joining Team Russia at the 2019 IIHF World Championship. Kuznetsov wasn't the dominant force in the postseason that he was a year ago, but the Russians are certainly grateful he will be available to play in this year's World Championship. The 26-year-old posted a goal and six points in seven playoff games.
Kuznetsov scored a goal in Wednesday's 4-3 double-overtime loss to the Hurricanes in Game 7 of their first-round series. The 26-year-old had picked up five assists in the first six games of the series, but Kuznetsov finally got a puck past Petr Mrazek in the second period of the deciding contest -- giving the Caps a 3-1 lead that they would let slip through their fingers. Kuznetsov's production took a step back in 2018-19, but he's a key part of the top six for Washington and seems like a lock for at least 20 goals and 70 points once again next season.
Kuznetsov dished two power-play assists and added four shots in Saturday's 6-0 win over the Hurricanes in Game 5. Kuznetsov has five helpers and 11 shots over five games, with three of his assists coming on the power play. After spending a good portion of the season on the top line with Alex Ovechkin, Kuznetsov was replaced by Nicklas Backstrom for the playoff run. That change has suppressed his production a bit, but the Capitals combining for a single goal between Games 3 and 4 didn't help Kuznetsov's cause either.
Kuznetsov picked up a pair of assists in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win against the Hurricanes in Game 2 of their best-of-seven series. Kuznetsov's second helper was to Brooks Orpik, who secured the victory just 1:48 into overtime. The Russian center has three helpers in two games so far, but hasn't contributed in many other categories yet. He isn't known for playing physically, but usually his point production is enough to make up for it.
Kuznetsov recorded a power-play assist Thursday, as Washington held on to beat the Hurricanes 4-2 in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series. Kuz drew the primary assist on Nicklas Backstrom's second goal of the game, coming with Washington up a man. Kuznetsov has a history of being a big-time playoff performer, as the Russian piled up 32 points in 24 playoff games a season ago. We all know what that led to.
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