Capitals: Evgeny Kuznetsov falls to Jonathan Huberdeau in NHL Player Gaming Challenge

Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

It took just two games but it just wasn’t Evgeny Kuznetsov nor the Washington Capitals day.

Evgeny Kuznetsov of the Washington Capitals went up against Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers in the NHL Player Gaming Challenge.

The matchup was initially supposed to take place on Saturday afternoon but they moved it up for reasons we’re unsure of.

Kuznetsov was pitted against Huberdeau in a best of two out of three but dropped both games.

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In the first game Kuznetsov was totally dominated, losing 7-3. Huberdeau scored on the first shot of the game with his own player and there was no looking back from there.

The second game was much more competitive as Kuznetsov was determined to even the series up. It just wasn’t his day, however, as his Capitals fell to the Panthers 5-2 with Huberdeau completing the sweep.

The players agreed to do a 3-on-3 mode that pitted the teams outdoors in the world of chel. That was an environment Kuznetsov was more comfortable in as he was able to get the win. Unfortunately for him it didn’t count but at least he didn’t leave the afternoon with a total loss.

You can catch the matchup in it’s entirety in the video below.

Head to head in real life Huberdeau and Kuznetsov have played each other 15 times. Huberdeau has four goals and 10 assists for 14 points and his team is 9-3-3 against the Caps. Meanwhile Kuznetsov scored three goals and added 10 assists for 13 points and his team is 6-6-3 against the Panthers in his career.

Hopefully hockey will resume in real life so we can see these players actually go head to head on the ice.

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Even though Kuznetsov lost everyone won in the end as EA Sports donated $50,000 which was matched by the NHL for a total of $100,000 raised toward the CDC foundation to combat the novel coronavirus.

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