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WASHINGTON (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov is dancing with the puck and celebrating when it’s in the net just like last June.Kuznetsov continued his wizardry against the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night Womens Duncan Keith Jersey , scoring a goal and assisting on three more as part of a 5-2 Washington Capitals victory in a rematch of last season’s Stanley Cup Final.Kuznetsov assisted on two goals by Alex Ovechkin and one by Nicklas Backstrom and scored his own on the power play. The leading scorer in the Cup Final with eight points in five games, Kuznetsov has seven points through the defending champions’ first three games of the regular season.“If you play with the good players, you’re always gonna get points,” Kuznetsov said after one of the best all-around games of his career. “It’s just about have fun every night you go out there. If you don’t have fun and you don’t want to enjoy, you don’t want to play hockey, you should be retired. But you can see we always have fun.”The Capitals are having plenty of fun right now with the franchise’s Stanley Cup banner in the rafters and almost the same team back. Perhaps most importantly, they still have Kuznetsov and Ovechkin, whose sublime chemistry from the playoffs was again on display against the Golden Knights.“He knows when to pass, he knows when to shoot,” said Ovechkin, who has four goals in three games. “Sometimes he try to make crazy pass. You think, ‘What’s he doing?’ But he have his own mind. … You just have to be ready at any second.”The 610th and 611th goals of Ovechkin’s career put him in sole possession of 17th on the NHL’s career list, passing Bobby Hull. Kuznetsov pointed out that Ovechkin passes someone every 10 games or so and joked, “That’s a free meal for me.”Braden Holtby, who made “the save” with his stick in Game 2 of the Final, stopped 29 of 31 shots and bailed out his teammates during an especially sloppy second period. Holtby allowed goals to Cody Eakin in the second period and Reilly Smith in the third.“We’ve played against them enough to know that they’re going to come at some point http://www.blackhawksshoponline.com/authentic-gustav-forsling-jersey ,” Holtby said. “It’s a matter of keeping your cool and not getting frustrated. You need a couple big plays, be it blocks or saves or guys getting the puck out.”Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who wanted to start this game instead of facing his former team in Pittsburgh on Thursday night, allowed four goals on 28 shots.“I think just a few mistakes here there, including myself and guys in our defensive zone maybe,” Fleury said. “But if we clean that up, we’ll be in good shape.”His teammates hit the post a handful of times and went 0 for 3 on the power play and are 0 for 11 so far this season. The Golden Knights fell to 1-3-0 at the beginning of their second season a year after starting 8-2-0.“It’s a long year and we have to figure out things quick,” Vegas defenseman Shea Theodore said. “We definitely have to work some things out and find our game.”Notes: T.J. Oshie sealed the Capitals’ victory with an empty-net goal with 1:55 remaining, sparking chants of “back-to-back.” … Washington D Brooks Orpik returned early in the second period after taking a big hit from William Carrier and landing awkwardly in the first. … Vegas C Paul Stastny will miss at least the next two games with a lower-body injury. Coach Gerard Gallant said Stastny will be re-evaluated when the team returns home over the weekend after this road trip. … Washington D Michal Kempny made his season debut after missing the first two games with a suspected concussion. … F Dmitrij Jaskin made his Capitals debut after they claimed him off waivers from St. Louis.UP NEXTGolden Knights: Continue their Eastern Conference road trip at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.Capitals: Expected to give backup goaltender Pheonix Copley his first start of the season at the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. SUNRISE, Fla. — The Florida Panthers and the New York Rangers are seemingly going in opposite directions … yet they are in virtually the same spot.The Rangers, who decided this past February to trade assets and start a rebuilding process in 2018-2019 with a first-year NHL head coach in David Quinn and a bunch of young players, are 13-11-1 (29 points).Meanwhile, the Panthers, who fell just one point short of the playoffs last season and decided to go for it this time around by acquiring high-scoring winger Mike Hoffman, are just 11-11-5 (27 points).Article continues below ...The Panthers, who will host the Rangers on Saturday night John Hayden Jersey , are coming off a 5-2 loss to the best offensive machine in the Western Conference, the Colorado Avalanche.Florida has just eight points (3-3-2) out of this long home stretch that has only the Rangers game remaining, and that doesn’t sit well with the team.“The only positive we want to look at is wins,” said Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, who took the loss against Colorado. “We can’t accept losses in this room.”Saturday’s matchup will feature Luongo and New York’s Henrik Lundqvist, who have more goaltending credentials than any other active duo in the NHL, ranking first and second in career appearances, wins and shutouts among active players.Lundqvist, 36, is one of the leaders on a young Rangers team that also includes defenseman Marc Staal, 31, and winger Mats Zuccarello, 31.Everyone else in the core of the team is under 30, including center Mika Zibanejad, 25, who leads the Rangers in assists (17) and points (25); and winger Chris Kreider Authentic Jonathan Toews Jersey , 27, who leads the team in goals (14).Among the younger Rangers to watch are rookie forwards Filip Cytil, 19, and Lias Andersson, 20, who were both first-round picks last year and are already in the rotation. Chytil, with five goals and four assists, has been especially impressive.Another young gun on the Rangers is 20-year-old center Brett Howden, who has four goals and nine assists. Neal Pionk, 23, is in his first full year in the NHL and leads Rangers defensemen in points.All that young talent is a major shift from the veteran team that had made the playoffs seven years in a row before last season, reaching the Stanley Cup Finals in 2014.With this season’s team, the Rangers are taking more of a long view, and they will arrive in Sunrise as a well-rested team since they haven’t played since Sunday’s 4-3 shootout loss at the Winnipeg Jets.“It would’ve been nice to play right away after that Winnipeg game, but this gives our injured guys a chance to get healthy,” Quinn told The New York Post. “The break comes at a good time.”Indeed Zuccarello Custom Minnesota Wild Jerseys , who missed the previous five games due to a groin injury, practiced in full this week and should be ready for the Panthers. Winger Vladislav Namestnikov, who has missed three games due to a concussion, also appears ready to return.Rangers defensemen Adam McQuaid and Brendan Smith, both dealing with lower-body injuries, could be ready for Saturday. But Quinn has eight defensemen on his roster, and he has shuffled that deck all season. Therefore, Smith and McQuaid will be game-time decisions pending their health and how Quinn feels about his other defensemen at that moment.One player who will not return on Saturday is winger Pavel Buchnevich, who has a thumb injury and is “a week away”, according to Quinn.The most significant player on Florida’s injured list is center Vincent Trocheck, an All-Star in 2017 who will miss much of the season due to a fractured ankle.New York has beaten the Panthers the only times they have played this season — 5-2 and 4-2. This is their final meeting of the regular season and the only one in Florida.
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