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Kirill Kaprizov made a double and was the first Russian NHL player to score 80 points in the regular season

Caprice on fire again! Made a double and scored 80 points faster than Ovechkin

Kirill Kaprizov made a double

Novokuznetsk not only rewrites Minnesota records, but also overtakes compatriots from other clubs.

Kirill Kaprizov continues to confidently hit the targets. Today, the striker not only brought “Minnesota” victory in a dramatic match with “Columbus”, but also the first of the Russians to score 80 points in the regular season.



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Kirill Kaprizov is the first Russian to score 80 points this NHL season

Caprice opened the scoring in the ninth minute of the first period. The forward sent the puck into the net from almost zero angle after a branded pass from Mats Tsuccarello. Kirill’s reaction to the goal was his – also branded – smile.

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The rest of the segment was under the full control of Minnesota. The Savages created one moment after another – and only goalkeeper Elvis Merzlikin was able to keep Columbus in the fight.

The break did not change the nature of the game. “Wild”, as before, inseparably owned the territory and the initiative. In the fifth minute Kaprizov earned a great opportunity to make a double. The Russian broke into the zone on the right flank and went “1 on 1” with Merzlikin – the Latvian parried the throw.

The goalkeeper’s enchanting performance made Columbus wake up. Closer to the equator of the match, the team managed to move the game to another zone, at least for a while. And that was enough to restore equality on the scoreboard. The Blue Jackets hit the gates of Marc-Andre Fleury four times and crushed a piglet. As a result, the goalkeeper himself “brought” the puck behind his back.




“The least respected star in the NHL.” Kaprizov was again dirty and punished on board

Despite conceding a goal, Minnesota did not back down from a pre-selected plan and resumed persistent attacks. Merzlikin coped with everything and gave his teammates a chance for another goal attack. In the 4×4 lineup, “Columbus” spun a boring positional attack, in the end of which he scored: Yakub Vorachek excelled with the transfer of Vladislav Gavrikov.

The second puck of the Blue Jackets had a negative effect on Minnesota, so the final of the second period and the start of the third was left for Columbus: the guests managed to make several counterattacks and almost equal the opponent in throws.



Caprice again bypassed the legend of
Caprice again bypassed the legend of “Minnesota”! He is the third in the history of the club

“Wild” had difficulty in creating and in the future. In the final 20 minutes, they were not as active and resourceful as in the previous two. Then Caprice said his word for the whole “Minnesota”. 63 seconds before the siren, he led the assault on Merzlikin’s goal, although massive attacks were not even required. In overtime, the meeting was translated by Kirill’s usual wrist from the port side.

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Of the additional five minutes, the team played only two – the victory of the “savages” was scored by Jared Spurgeon.

As for Kaprizov, he now has 80 (35 + 55) points after 62 regular season games. The Russian has three points left to repeat Marian Gaborik’s club record. In the 2007/2008 season, the Slovak scored 83 points in 77 matches.

In the list of top scorers of the Caprice League came in eighth place. It will be difficult to compete with the leaders of the rating – McDavid, Dreisytle and Goodro – but to get into the top 5 is quite possible. Kyle Connor and Matthew Tkachuk, who close the top five, have 82 points each.



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Ovechkin is unstoppable! He caught up with Howe and entered the top 5 best wingers in NHL history

However, Kaprizov is not guaranteed the status of the most productive among Russians. The closest pursuer – Alexander Ovechkin – is only two points behind.

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