Former Ref Calls for Goalies to Take Out Evgeny Kuznetsov

Published October 17, 2023 at 12:08

Once again, Evgeny Kuznetsov is being called out for his shootout moves, with a former NHL referee saying a goaltender 'should charge and rip his head off!' if he tries it again.

Kuznetsov was able to score in the shootout last night, helping his Washington Capitals beat the Calgary Flames 3-2. Kuznetsov used a move he's used almost every time he gets a chance in the shootout, going very slowly towards the net before taking a shot. Former NHL referee Tim Peel doesn't like it.

"This was not the intention when the shootout was brought in. Plays like this make a mockery of our game. The next time he does this the goalie should charge and rip his head off!" - Tim Peel

When someone responded saying he needs to relax, Peel said he was kidding.

Personally, I have no idea why so many fans seem to be upset by Kuznetsov's signature shootout move. For one, it works. Secondly, Kuznetsov never stops moving forward, meaning he is 100 percent following the rules. As for the "intention" of the shootout, staying within the rules as they are written, and scoring, should be all that matters.
October 17   |   46 answers
Former Ref Calls for Goalies to Take Out Evgeny Kuznetsov

What are your thoughts on Kuznetsov's shootout strategy?

Don't like it. Should be banned1328.3 %
It's fine. People hate it because it works2452.2 %
I don't know919.6 %
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