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Evgeny Kuznetsov pulls a stick robbery but gets the penalty

Evgeny Kuznetsov pulls a stick robbery but gets the penalty

In a bizarre set of circumstances, both Evgeny Kuznetsov and Golden Knights defenseman, Nick Holden, found themselves without sticks on a Capitals' offensive opportunity Tuesday night in Vegas.

With Holden's stick somehow getting lodged between the glass, Kuznetsov decided to pull a stick robbery and snatched Holden's stick.

The robbery, however, did not come without consequence. Kuzy was penalized for "illegal use of equipment," as grabbing the opposition's stick to use in play results in a two-minute minor.

Whether Kuzy got confused which stick was his or not, he quickly realized and tried to correct his mistake, but not before being sent to the box for it.

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Kuzy's fancy goal strikingly similar to one he had in 2015

Kuzy's fancy goal strikingly similar to one he had in 2015

Evgeny Kuznetsov's incredible puck control was on display again against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

Early in the second period, Kuzy tricked Ducks goalkeeper Ryan Miller, faking him out before slipping the puck past his left leg pad for an easy goal, putting the Caps up 4-1.

Of course, this was not the first time Kuzy has made a goaltender look silly.

Back in 2015, the sixth-year veteran fooled Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop in very similar fashion.

Kuznetsov's goal ended up being the deciding one in that matchup, as the Caps prevailed 2-1 over Tampa.

The center has been an integral part of the Caps attack that continues to stay hot.

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Capitals Injury updates: Braden Holtby a possibility to start in Montreal

Capitals Injury updates: Braden Holtby a possibility to start in Montreal

The Capitals were able to pull out a win Friday in Colorado without Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie or Braden Holtby. With a game Monday in Montreal, the team hopes it will not be quite as shorthanded against the Canadiens.

Washington practiced Sunday in Montreal and three goalies took to the ice. Holtby was on the ice along with Pheonix Copley and Ilya Samsonov 

Holtby suffered an upper-body injury Wednesday morning prior to the game in Winnipeg. That injury kept him out of the lineup both Wednesday and Friday. The Caps netminder told Chris Kuc of The Atlantic that he is ready to play, but still needs to be cleared by doctors.

Head coach Todd Reirden said after practice that Holtby was a possibility to start Monday.

With Holtby’s status still up in the air, Samsonov remains with the team in case he is needed to suit up as a backup.

While Holtby was on the ice for practice, both Kuznetsov and Oshie were not. Reirden told the media that both players are day-to-day and are with the team in Montreal. Their status for Monday remains uncertain.

With no Kuznetsov or Oshie, Reirden kept the offensive lines largely the same from Friday except for switching Devante Smith-Pelly to the third line and moving Brett Connolly down to the fourth.

Alex Ovechkin – Lars Eller – Tom Wilson 
Jakub Vrana – Nicklas Backstrom – Andre Burakovsky
Chandler Stephenson – Travis Boyd – Devante Smith-Pelly
Dmitrij Jaskin – Nic Dowd – Brett Connolly

Reirden switched up the lines frequently on Friday and Stephenson, Boyd, Smith-Pelly combined for a goal in the second period.

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