by Chris 'Blue Shorts' Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Evgeny Kuznetsov’s Washington Capitals teammates were gleaming when he scored his first NHL goal Tuesday night, late in the third period to force overtime against the LA Kings.

His eighth game in the league since signing with the Caps in early March, Kuznetsov was smiling ear to ear, as Alex Ovechkin lurched into the net to retrieve the puck as a keepsake for Kuzya [watch at Russian Machine Never Breaks].

“Your first goal in the NHL; it’s a moment you never forget,” said teammate Brooks Laich to the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Wednesday morning.

“I remember when I scored mine, I couldn’t take a smile off my face for the next five minutes,” he said.

Laich’s first goal, as he recalled, came more than eight years ago — in his second season in the NHL (his first full season with the Caps) — on a power play against Yann Danis in Montreal, on Nov. 19, 2005.

“He looks like he’s starting to settle in,” Laich went on about Kuznetsov.

“In the first couple games, he was getting his feet wet,” he said. “But now you’re starting to see poise with the puck and composure, and he’s smiling and having fun; he’s starting to fit in and feel welcome, and he’s producing, which is exactly what we need at this time of year.”

Here’s the puck [via Monumental Network]:

And the goal [via CSN Washington]:

Listen to the full interview with Brooks in the audio clip above.


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