Capitals followers needed to concern the worst when Evegeny Kuznetsov left the ice in ache Wednesday night time throughout Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, however there was a glimmer of excellent information forward of Saturday’s Game Three.
Kuznetsov was on the ice through the Capitals’ optionally available apply Friday and took part in some drills, although the crew mentioned (via The Associated Press) he has not been cleared for recreation motion. Coach Barry Trotz had described his standing as “day-to-day” on a convention name Thursday.
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NBC Sports Washington noted that Kuznetsov didn’t look like at full energy and appeared to be favoring his left hand at instances.
That’s no shock given the way in which Kuznetsov reacted after absorbing a success from Vegas’ Brayden McNabb on Wednesday, grabbing at his left wrist space and instantly leaving the ice and heading up the tunnel whereas doubled over in ache.
Kuznetsov heads to the locker room after a excessive hit from McNabb. 😟😟😟
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While the Caps have been capable of maintain on for a Three-2 win in Game 2, dropping Kuznetsov can be a big blow in attempting to maintain tempo with the high-scoring Golden Knights. The 26-year-old has 11 objectives and 14 assists in 21 playoff video games, and had recorded some extent in 11 consecutive video games earlier than that streak ended Wednesday.
Though it could be a stretch to have him prepared to soak up extra pounding in Game Three, his presence on the ice Friday indicated there’s hope for a return because the sequence continues.