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Evgeny Kuznetsov issues statement to Russian media outlet after Twitter video surfaces of him sitting next to lines of white powder

Evgeny Kuznetsov issues statement to Russian media outlet after Twitter video surfaces of him sitting next to lines of white powder

 

Evgeny Kuznetsov denied using drugs in a statement to a Russian media outlet after a video posted on Twitter showed the Caps forward sitting next to lines of an unidentified white powder. The video was posted by @Thesavspb but has since been deleted.

In the wake of the video, Kuznetsov released a statement to a Russian media outlet sport-express as translated through Google:

Yes, I saw this video appear on the network. I do not always have something to do with what is happening next to me. I have never used drugs and I am not going to get involved in this. If I have questions, I am ready to undergo a medical examination at any time. 

This video year. It was the summer of 2018 in Vegas, when we won the Stanley Cup (with the “Washington” ). By the past World Cup is all the more irrelevant. I just went to my friends in the room. When I saw what was happening there - unfamiliar women, strange substances on the table - he called a friend and left there as soon as possible. 

It is a pity that someone decided to catch the HYIP just now - at the defeat of the national team. I have nothing to hide, let it remain on the conscience of the one who posted this video.

In the video, Kuznetsov is seen sitting next to a table with two lines of white powder and what appears to be a rolled-up bill of American currency. The video does not show Kuznetsov snorting or otherwise ingesting the white powder. Instead, he is speaking with someone through a video chat on his phone.

NBC Sports Washington reached out to the Capitals for a statement. A team spokesman responded via email saying, “We are aware of the video that surfaced on social media of Evgeny Kuznetsov. We are currently in the process of gathering facts and will have no further comment at this time.”

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Gary Bettman to make announcement on NHL's return to play format for 2019-20 season

Gary Bettman to make announcement on NHL's return to play format for 2019-20 season

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will make an announcement regarding the NHL’s return to play format to complete the 2019-20 season.

The announcement will air at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and NBC Sports Network. The announcement will also be available to live stream on the NBC Sports MyTeams App.

The NHL halted play on March 12 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. That was 75 days ago. Last week the National Hockey League Players’ Association executive board voted 29-2 to approve a 24-team format to restart the season - if and when that becomes official. 

The NHL and NHLPA, however, still had more details to work out on where and when the playoffs would take place, how to keep players, coaches, officials and game staff safe, among a myriad of other logistical issues.
Bettman will make his announcement at 4:30 p.m. and he and deputy commissioner Bill Daly will speak with the media at 6 p.m.

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The Capitals led the Metropolitan Division when play stopped with a 41-20-8 record and 90 standings points. That was third-best in the Eastern Conference with 13 games to go. Under the revised proposed Stanley Cup playoff format, the Capitals are expected to get a bye into the round of 16.   

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How does Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov get ready for a Game 7? He watches TV

How does Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov get ready for a Game 7? He watches TV

Everyone remembers Evgeny Kuznetsov's series-clinching overtime goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2018. That goal now overshadows another series-clinching goal Kuznetsov had in 2015. In Game 7 against the New York Islanders, Kuznetsov scored what would prove to be the winning goal to break up a 1-1 tie. Clearly he knows how to get ready for a big game. His secret? Television.

Kuznetsov appeared on NBC Sports Washington's Capitals Greatest Hits show on Monday to talk about his 2015 performance and the topic of the locker room came up. Both teams went into that game knowing their season was on the line and Kuznetsov was asked if the feeling was any different in the locker room before the game, a question he did not know exactly how to answer.

"I'm never in the locker room," Kuznetsov said. "I'm always by the TV watching TV shows."

Yes, when Kuznetsov arrives at the arena, he apparently likes to watch TV before the game and said he is not in the locker room until only about 30 minutes before warmups. He enjoys watching soccer, but also likes a good movie.

"It's usually soccer games," Kuznetsov said. "If it's not the soccer game, it's whatever the movie's going."

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He went on to say he was thankful for the team subscribing to whatever channel it was that he watches movies on.

If this seems odd to you, there is a method to the madness.

"Usually it's movie because that way I'm not thinking about hockey," Kuznetsov said. "I like to be loose before games."

Hey, if that's what he was doing before Game 7 in 2015 and before Game 6 in 2018, it's hard to argue against it.

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