In the second period, Kuznetsov whacked Kyle Burroughs in the face with his stick. Kuznetsov went off for a high-sticking minor, and Burroughs was not injured. However, it was a dangerous play that could’ve been much worse than it was.
Kuznetsov finished the game with three assists, which also helped him hit 500 career points. The 30-year-old had also been a game-time decision after not taking part in the Capitals morning skate due to maintenance.
For Kuznetsov, this would be his first suspension since 2019, when he sat three games for cocaine use.
Through four games this season, the Russian has four points in four games, all of them assists. After shifting down to the second line, he was promoted back up to the first line to work with Alex Ovechkin and Conor Sheary on Monday. That trip helped turn the tide, as Washington scored four unanswered goals to top Vancouver, 6-4.
Kuznetsov is coming off a strong comeback year that saw him put up 77 points in 78 games and earn a trip to the 2022 NHL All-Star Weekend.