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Kuznetsov named NHL first star of the week

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Kuznetsov named NHL first star of the week

Evgeny Kuznetsov had a phenomenal week as the Caps swept through Canada and the NHL took notice. The league named Kuznetsov as its first star of the week on Monday after recording nine points in three games.

Kuznetsov looked poised for a breakout year after a strong performance in the playoffs last season. Head coach Barry Trotz believes that has helped fuel him.

"No one gets more confidence in their game than when they have success in the post-season," Trotz said. "The level of play is so high and everything is on the line. When you have success in the post-season it usually translates to having success the next year and he has."

Kuznetsov had three assists on Tuesday against Calgary and an assist on Alex Ovechkin's game-winning goal on Thursday in Vancouver. He then went on to score his first-career hat trick in a five-point night on Friday against the Edmonton OIlers.

"Sometimes it happens in a game so quickly – boom, boom, boom," Kuznetsov said.

Per the NHL's release, Kuznetsov is the first Caps player to record a five-point game since Dec. 10, 2013 when Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal and four assists against Tampa Bay. Kuznetsov's 11 points are just one shy of the league lead.

With Backstrom's health in question at the start of the season, Kuznetsov was slotted as the top line's temporary center. The top line is rolling, however, and Kuznetsov is thriving along side the Great 8.

"It’s fun. We always talk before the game what we want to do," Kuznetsov said.

"I think he’s comfortable with what we’re doing as a team," Trotz said. "He’s comfortable with his linemates and he’s comfortable with the transition to the North American game. He knows how to play his style of game in a North American arena."

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Washington Capitals!

It's not hard to picture your favorite athletes as superheroes. What the Caps are able to do on the ice seems almost superhuman at times.

Heck, they even have uniforms!

SEE EVERY CAPITALS PLAYER'S SUPERHERO CHARACTER HERE

But the similarities don't just end with the physical attributes and abilities. When you begin to really think about each player, you can see a lot of similarities between each of them and some well-known superheroes.

If each Caps player was a superhero, which one would they be? Check out each player's superhero character here.

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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

Friday featured Dmitry Orlov and his jam-packed schedule with the coveted Stanley Cup.

The 27-year-old native of Russia decided to take the Cup to Novokuznetsk (located in the southwest region of Siberia) for a meet and greet with fans by the Ferris wheel at Gagarin City Park.

It should be mentioned that Orlov's day with the trophy was nearly derailed after a travel glitch that sent the Cup to Novosibirsk instead of his hometown. 

Thanks to the ultimate assist from a helicopter, the Cup arrived in style and set up one memorable entrance for the defenseman. 

Orlov released this hype video which highlights his entire day on Instagram: 

Дорогие друзья! Огромное спасибо, что разделили с нами наш праздник! Для нас это значимое и большое событие! Ещё раз приносим искренние извинения за задержку с кубком! И спасибо за понимание, мы старались сделать все максимально быстро! Спасибо за тёплый приём! Нашим родным, друзьям, тренерам, отдельная благодарность! Вы сделали наш праздник, наш день! Мы никогда не забудем этот праздник! P.S. Лена @govor_elena , тебе и твоим родным, отдельная благодарность, если бы не ваша помощь, то не известно когда бы кубок был в Новокузнецке!

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Talk about a banner weekend for the Washington Capitals. The Ovechkins welcomed their new son, Sergei Aleksandrovich, into the world and Orlov pulled off yet another spectacular day with the Cup.

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