The Caps got some welcome news Tuesday as Evgeny Kuznetsov practiced fully, showing no ill-effects of the injury he suffered in Florida.
Kuznetsov left Thursday’s 4-2 victory at BB&T Center in the third period after suffering what appeared to be a left leg strain of some sort.
The-25-year-old first line center did not go into specifics about the injury, but he took his normal spot in the lineup—between Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson—and afterward confirmed that he’s ready to suit up against the Flyers on Wednesday night.
“I feel good,” Kuznetsov said. “I can’t really say much about [the injury] last game. But overall, it feels pretty good today.”
He added: “It’s the magic hands of our trainers. They did a great job. It’s nothing serious; it’s just little things.”
As bad as the injury looked at the time, Coach Barry Trotz was hopeful it was not serious but said Saturday that he wouldn’t know for sure until Kuzy got through a full practice.
That hurdle has now been successfully cleared.
“He got strung out a little bit there, stepped on a guy’s foot there and got strung out,” Trotz said. “We talked when we left Florida—Kuzy’s a good pro—he said if he felt it was worse the next day he was going to fly back to Washington” rather than spending the all-star break in Miami with his family.
Trotz continued: “He was in constant contact with our trainer. Our trainer was in contact with me at the All-Star Game. So, you have to trust the player, and I trust Kuzy and obviously he’s fine. So he’s good to go tomorrow.”
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In nine games this month, Kuznetsov has a goal and five assists, including two against the Panthers prior to leaving the contest. Overall, he’s second on the team behind Alex Ovechkin in points with 45 (13 goals, 32 assists).
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