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Kuznetsov Has Perfect Mic’d-Up Reaction To Ovechkin Hitting 1,400 Points



Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov

After Alex Ovechkin rocketed home his 43rd goal of the season late in the first period of Wednesday’s game between the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning, the referees handed Evgeny Kuznetsov the puck from Ovechkin’s strike. A perplexed Kuznetsov skated back over to the officials, confused by the gesture.

“Why did you give me the puck?” Kuznetsov, who was mic’d up for NHL on TNT‘s national broadcast of the game, asked.

The referees broke the news with a smile and some back and forth banter.

“You didn’t know Ovi has 1,400 points?” one asked.

“That was a big goal,” the other added.

“It was just another milestone, but we got it.”

Kuznetsov’s reaction was golden as he grinned, amused with yet another milestone for the Capitals captain.

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Ovechkin tracked down a loose puck in front and sniped it past Andrei Vasilevskiy to give Washington a 3-1 lead with his 773rd career goal. The tally moved him to 1,400 NHL points, making him just the 21st player in NHL history to reach that mark. He is also now just 27 goals away from 800, 29 from passing Gordie Howe for second on the NHL’s all-time goals list and 122 from breaking Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goals record of 894.

Fittingly, Kuznetsov picked up an assist on Ovechkin’s goal that also markefd his 1,400th NHL point. He has helped out with several milestones and finally got into one of the famous milestone pictures after assisting on Ovechkin’s 767th career goal that moved him past Jaromir Jagr for third on the NHL’s all-time goals list back on March 15.

“For now, he just friend, teammate, right? You don’t really even think about who you play with,” Kuznetsov said of Ovechkin back in March. “For us, he’s so close to us and we never even talk about his accomplish all those milestones. I’m pretty sure one day when I’m gonna retire, I hope he’s still going to be friends with me. We’re going to sit somewhere and think about and remember some of those milestones.”

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