Monday's Game 4 win was a quiet night for Evgeny Kuznetsov. Well, quiet in that he did not score a spectacular goal and unleash the bird dance. In terms of the scoresheet, it was anything but quiet as Kuznetsov wracked up four assists on the night.
With 31 points this postseason, Kuznetsov leads the NHL by a wide margin. He's been able to produce whatever his team has needed in the playoffs from contributing multi-assist games to scoring a series-clinching overtime goal to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Kuznetsov's consistent production is starting to climb into the elite territory. Since 2000, only one player has scored more points in a single postseason than Kuznetsov's 31 and that was Evgeni Malkin who had 36 in 2009. From a more historical perspective, 31 points is tied for the 20th most in postseason history.
The series is not over yet, but with a 3-1 series lead, the Caps are in command of both the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe. For a while, the Conn Smythe looked like a two-man race between Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby. But at what point does Kuznetsov's resume become impossible to ignore?
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