Top 3 Evgeny Kuznetsov goals with Capitals

Looing back at the best of Evgeny Kuznetsov with the Caps
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#1 You already know

During the spring of 2018, Kuznetsov had 12 goals along with 20 assists for 32 points. It was worthy of second in Conn Smythe voting or first if Alex Ovechkin didn't win. And a big reason why was the way Kuznetsov stepped up when the Caps needed him to most.

The date way May 7, 2018 and the Caps needed to beat the Penguins on the road to get past the dreaded second round. It went to overtime and a Sidney Crosby puck turnover found the stick of Ovechkin.

Ovechkin then found a streaking Kuznetsov and fed him the perfect pass for the breakaway finish.

This was a historic goal. Many Caps fans I've talked to are sad to see Kuznetsov go and will forever be grateful to him for this very goal. This bridged the gap between the older generation who saw 1998 to the younger generation getting their first taste of the DC Sports big four glory.

That Stanley Cup won exactly one month later doesn't happen without that overtime goal in enemy territory. The Penguins were looking for a three peat so it was only poetic the Caps finally broke through against a team that gave them almost annual heartbreak.