In case you missed it last night, Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov was an absolute MACHINE scoring a goal and assist en route to a 3-1 Capitals victory in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.
His second period snipe to put the Caps up 2-0 ultimately ended up being the game winning goal and it was an absolutely beauty. Check out this rip that beats Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc Andre Fleury just below the blocker hand:
And… as it now tradition, he celebrated with his patented “flappy bird” dance:
The kid certainly knows how to make a spectacle of himself… and that’s either endearing or annoying depending on your stance on these sort of things.
And if that goal celebration didn’t raise your eyebrow, Kuznetsov’s post game comments are sure to, check this out:
Evgeny Kuznetsov: “Like Michael Jordan, when he play his best game … he got hurt, got 53 points.
I mean like when you’re hurt, you play a little better always. You have extra energy.”
Say what!? Did he really just compare himself to Michael Jordan? One of the greatest athletes of all time…
I mean, Kuznetsov’s performance last night was great and all… but the kid can’t hold a candle to MJ.
To be fair though, Kuznetsov has been electric this post season and in fact leads the entire NHL in playoff scoring with 12 goals and 27 points in 22 games. If the kid keeps it up and the Caps ending up winning the Stanley Cup, there’s a real good chance that he takes home the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP. Maybe then he can begin mentioning himself in the same breath as Jordan. Maaaaaaaaaaybe.
Until then, the Capitals still have to win two of the next four games if Kuznetsov wants to go down in history as a champion like Jordan. The way the Golden Knights played last night and the way that they’ve come back from losses this season, don’t expect them to be pushovers in Games 4 and 5. The series is ON, just like Kuznetsov himself.