Sport Stanley Cup Final 2018: Don Cherry doesn't like Capitals 'bird man' Evgeny Kuznetsov

07:10  07 june  2018
07:10  07 june  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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WASHINGTON — All signs point to Evgeny Kuznetsov returning to the Washington Capitals ’ lineup for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final Saturday night (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, live stream) against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Evgeny Kuznetsov is having a historic Stanley Cup Playoffs, with 31 points in 23 games. If the Washington Capitals win one more game against the Vegas Golden Knights they'll clinch the series, and Kuznetsov could stand to win the Conn Smythe.

But while many are singing the Russian forward's praises, don't count Don Cherry among that group.

"I don't like the bird man," Cherry said, referring to Kuznetsov, during an interview with ABC 7 Sports Washington.

Cherry was referencing the goal celebration Kuznetsov has made famous. During the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, Kuznetsov debuted the dance, flapping his arms after scoring against Team North America.

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Kuznetsov scored 27 goals during the regular season, but rarely followed up with that celebration. But the bird has been the word during the playoffs, where Kuznetsov has been one of the top point producers, and has gone back back to his signature move, including after scoring in Game 3 against the Vegas Golden Knights.

"Everything in Canada, we act like no other sport ... and (Kuznetsov) -- Is that his name? -- whatever," Cherry said, pronouncing his name 'Kuzeesov.' "In Canada, we try to act -- most of the players try to act after you ... you celebrate, (Ovechkin) celebrates. The only guy I don't like is the bird man. Whatever his name is."

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While Cherry earlier in the interview said he was "in Ovi's corner," his criticism of Kuznetsov echoed similar sentiments Cherry shared about his countryman and teammate, Ovechkin, for celebrating after reaching the 50-goal mark during the 2009 season. After scoring, Ovechkin pretended his stick was on fire, and Cherry called the celebration "nonsense."

a hockey game in the snow: Evgeny Kuznetsov © (Getty Images) Evgeny Kuznetsov

"You should be a role model," Cherry said at the time. "You don't need to do it like this. You're above stuff like that. You're the best hockey player playing today. Have a little class and do it right."

Kuznetsov's teammates, unlike Cherry, have been supportive of his goal celebration.

“I love to see the wings come out,” Capitals' forward Tom Wilson told Sportsnet when Washington played Toronto in the 2017 playoffs. “That means he’s checked in and playing with fire. If he scores a big goal like that, I’m not going to tell him he can’t."

NHL Draft 2018: Andrei Svechnikov keeping tabs on Capitals countrymen Ovechkin, Kuznetsov .
Andrei Svechnikov is at the Stanley Cup Final with the rest of the NHL's top draft-eligible prospects, and was able to chat with fellow Russians and role models Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin.On Monday, prior to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Capitals and Golden Knights, Svechnikov was one of six draft-eligible prospects in tow to take in the pregame. Svechikov is the top-ranked North American skater available, pegged by many as the No. 2 pick behind Rasmus Dahlin. If he's selected as projected, he'll become the second Russian-born player since Alex Ovechkin's draft year to go in the top two, with Nail Yakupov being taken first by the Oilers in 2012.

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