Yevgeny Kuznetsov added a new wrinkle to his new super slow shootout attempt on Sunday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. And it’s getting national attention.
Our dear Kuzy twirled his staff cheekily before transforming into the human version of a turtle with knives on its legs. The Russian center then dek forehand-backhand almost two dozen times before landing a shot on his forehand past Leafs goalkeeper Erik Kallgren.
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Was that a bit arrogant? Sure. Is it disorienting for a goalkeeper to see a shooter coming at you so slowly and looking so brazenly confident? Most likely. Kuzy is just having fun there, guys!
Some people on social media are wondering if Kuzy’s stick is spinning for the game because some people hate joy and creativity. “A disrespectful good thing they lost” mentioned a commentator. Another joked“Don’t let Jay Beagle or Tyson Nash around him.”
With the Capitals badly in need of the extra point from the shootout to jump over the Penguins in the Metropolitan Division, spinning could also be a way to take the pressure off before getting down to business. Who knows?
The biggest news to come out of the attempt is that Kuznetsov is sticking with The Slow Move. He was already one of the greatest shooters in Capitals franchise history. The Birdman has 21 shootout goals — the third-most in Capitals history — and his 39.6 shooting percentage ranks third among Capitals players who have shot 12 or more times overall.
If that move continues to score, Kuzy could surpass TJ Oshie as the team’s most effective shooter.