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Sports Stanley Cup Final 2018: Don Cherry doesn't like Capitals 'bird man' Evgeny Kuznetsov

08:31  07 june  2018
08:31  07 june  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Evgeny Kuznetsov smiled about getting four assists. He tried not to smile too much at the thought of being one win away from the Stanley Cup . One more win. “I’ve never been there,” Kuznetsov said after just the fourth four-assist game in Cup Final history. “And I don ’ t really care about that yet, so

WASHINGTON — All signs point to Evgeny Kuznetsov returning to the Washington Capitals ’ lineup for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final Saturday night (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, live stream) against the Vegas Golden Knights.

a hockey game in the snow: Evgeny Kuznetsov © (Getty Images) Evgeny Kuznetsov

Evgeny Kuznetsov is having a historic Stanley Cup playoffs, with 31 points in 23 games. If the Washington Capitals win one more game against the Vegas Golden Knights, they'll clinch the series, and Kuznetsov could be in line to win the Conn Smythe.

But while many are singing the Russian forward's praises, don't count Don Cherry among that group.

"I don't like the bird man," Cherry said, referring to Kuznetsov, during an interview with ABC 7 Sports Washington.

Cherry was referencing the goal celebration Kuznetsov has made famous. During the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, Kuznetsov debuted the dance, flapping his arms after scoring against Team North America.

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WASHINGTON — Evgeny Kuznetsov is a game-time decision to play for the Capitals in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night.

Stanley Cup Final schedule Game 1 Monday, May 28 – Golden Knights 6, Capitals 4 Game 2 Wednesday, May 30 – Capitals 3 If Evgeny Kuznetsov misses more time after missing most of Game 2, that’s bad news, yet Eller soothes Washington’s concerns about as well as you could hope.

Kuznetsov scored 27 goals during the regular season but rarely followed up with that celebration. The bird has been the word during the playoffs, however; Kuznetsov has been one of the top point producers and has gone back to his signature move, including after scoring in Game 3 vs. Vegas.

"Everything in Canada, we act like no other sport ... and (Kuznetsov) — Is that his name? — whatever," Cherry said, pronouncing his name "Kuzeesov." "In Canada, we try to act — most of the players try to act after you ... you celebrate, (Ovechkin) celebrates. The only guy I don't like is the bird man, whatever his name is."

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  Kuznetsov considered day to day with upper-body injury Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov is considered day to day with an upper-body injury, head coach Barry Trotz told reporters Thursday. Kuznetsov leads all players with 25 points during the postseason, including 11 goals. The Capitals star left Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final after taking a high hit from Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb and did not return, with Lars Eller seeing increased minutes in his absence."He's been our best player in playoffs so far," Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom said to Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post. "I mean, that's tough. We'll see what happens.

On CBS Sports HQ, hockey writer Pete Blackburn joins Casey Keirnan to discuss what the Caps must do to compensate for Kuznetsov 's absence.

[Why Kuznetsov has been a nightmare to stop during playoffs]. “He’s a pretty dynamic player. “People don ’ t really know him as well as Ovi and you’re seeing the talent of Kuzy,” said Capitals head coach Barry Trotz. MORE: • NBC’s Stanley Cup Playoff Hub • Stanley Cup Final Guide.

While Cherry earlier in the interview said he was "in Ovi's corner," his criticism of Kuznetsov echoed similar sentiments Cherry shared about his countryman and teammate, Ovechkin, for celebrating after reaching the 50-goal mark during the 2009 season. After scoring, Ovechkin pretended his stick was on fire, and Cherry called the celebration "nonsense."

"You should be a role model," Cherry said at the time. "You don't need to do it like this. You're above stuff like that. You're the best hockey player playing today. Have a little class and do it right."

Kuznetsov's teammates, unlike Cherry, have been supportive of his goal celebration.

“I love to see the wings come out,” Capitals' forward Tom Wilson told Sportsnet when Washington played Toronto in the 2017 playoffs. “That means he’s checked in and playing with fire. If he scores a big goal like that, I’m not going to tell him he can’t."

Kuznetsov becomes 5th player to hit 30 playoff points in over 20 years .
Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov joined an elite group thanks to his second four-point effort of the playoffs Monday night. The 26-year-old's third of four assists in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final gave him 30 points this postseason, making him just the fifth player to hit that mark in the last 21 years. Kuznetsov fifth player this century with 30 points in one playoffMalkinThe 26-year-old's third of four assists in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final gave him 30 points this postseason, making him just the fifth player to hit that mark in the last 21 years.

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