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EVGENY KUZNETSOV AND ILYA SAMSONOV PULLED FROM CAPS LINEUP FOR DISCIPLINARY REASONS

MAY 3, 2021  (18H54)      MIKE ARMENTI
For the second time this season, goaltender Ilya Samsonov and forward Evgeny Kuznetsov have been scratched by the Washington Capitals for disciplinary reasons.

Perhaps you'll recall earlier this season when the two Russians were caught breaking COVID-19 protocol along with fellow Russian players Alexander Ovechkin and Dmitri Orlov, resulting in a bit of a COVID-19 outbreak in Washington shortly thereafter.

This time, the issue isn't as serious and doesn't have the same safety implications, however. This time around, the disciplinary action is being taken due to Kuznetsov and Samsonov being late for a team function, per The Washington Post's Samantha Pell.

As we inch closer toward the postseason, I would imagine that the Caps will be looking to minimize these types of occurrences. The team has to come first if the Caps hope to get back to the promised land.

One interesting thing to note is that Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman suggested on Monday's edition of Hockey Central that the Caps' patience may be wearing thin on Evgeny Kuznetsov and his persistent issues off the ice. So, that's certainly something to keep an eye on moving forward. The Caps are not shy about making high-profile moves, as they have exhibited as recently as the trade deadline on April 12th, when they dealt sniper Jakub Vrana to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for winger Anthony Mantha.

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NHL STATS
SEASON
2020-2021GPGAPTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
+4
533268100
LEON DRAISAITL
+2
53304979
BRAD MARCHAND
+2
52283967
MITCH MARNER
+1
54204767
NATHAN MACKINNON
47204565
AUSTON MATTHEWS
+1
50402565
PATRICK KANE
54154964
SIDNEY CROSBY
55243862
MIKKO RANTANEN
+1
49303161
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
+2
55204161
MARK STONE
53213960
ARTEMI PANARIN
42174158
MARK SCHEIFELE
+2
53203858
ALEKSANDER BARKOV
+1
49263157
SEBASTIAN AHO
55243357
JAKE GUENTZEL
56233457
NICKLAS BACKSTROM
54153853
ALEX DEBRINCAT
50292352
MAX PACIORETTY
48242751
DAVID PERRON
53163551
  COMPLETE STATS
NHL STATS
YESTERDAY
MAY 8, 2021 G A PTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
1 3 4
REILLY SMITH
3 - 3
TIM STUTZLE
3 - 3
ALEXANDER WENNBERG
3 - 3
CONNOR BROWN
1 2 3
PHIL KESSEL
1 2 3
PAVEL BUCHNEVICH
- 3 3
SETH JONES
- 3 3
LEON DRAISAITL
2 - 2
CHRISTIAN DVORAK
2 - 2
  COMPLETE RESULTS