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Caps' Evgeny Kuznetsov sets up goal with dazzling behind-the-net, behind-the-back pass

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Evgeny Kuznetsov (Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Caps' Evgeny Kuznetsov sets up goal with dazzling behind-the-net, behind-the-back pass

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The Washington Capitals are getting great performances from a number of players this season – and in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Boston Bruins, they got one of the prettiest assists we've seen in quite some time, courtesy of rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov.

The Washington Capitals and their fans are pleased with the play of more than a few team members this season – and Wednesday night against Boston, rookie center Evgeny Kuznetsov endeared himself to them thanks to what is one of the best goal setups you may ever see.

The Capitals were up 2-0 on the Bruins late in the second period when the 22-year-old Kuznetsov took the puck deep into Washington's zone; the Russian began skating behind Boston goalie Tuukka Rask with the puck on his backhand, only to shift it to his forehand and curl a pass backwards toward teammate Marcus Johansson, who made no mistake and scored his 20th of the season:

The assist on the goal was Kuznetsov's 26th (and 37th point) of the year. He's not quite at Alex Ovechkin levels of domination just yet, but the Capitals have to be thrilled with what they've seen thus far.

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Caps' Evgeny Kuznetsov sets up goal with dazzling behind-the-net, behind-the-back pass