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Evgeny Kuznetsov's Slow-Motion Shootout Attempt Sparks Controversy


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Marvin Azrak
March 17, 2024  (11:27)
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Evgeny Kuznetsov, Carolina Hurricanes
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The Carolina Hurricanes pulled off some last-minute magic against the Toronto Maple Leafs, scoring two goals in the final two minutes to force a shootout. It stunned the host Leaf fans, who thought they had the game in the bag with a 4-2 lead!

It turned into a loss when trade deadline acquisition Jake Guentzel came in clutch in the shootout, scoring the game-winner for the Hurricanes. Yet let's talk about the other deadline acquisition Evgeny Kuznetsov's shootout attempt. The guy takes over 20 seconds to make his move, skating all over the place like his controller's glitching out or something!

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You could feel the frustration radiating from the crowd, and even the commentators weren't holding back. Sportsnet's Craig Simpson let it rip, calling Kuznetsov's attempt "painful," while Chris Cuthbert suggested he might get a delay of game penalty!
And it wasn't just the crowd and commentators throwing shade – even the Canes broadcast team dubbed him molasses for how slow he was skating.
Now, Kuznetsov's tried to defend his slow-mo shootout style in the past, saying he's just trying to help his team. Yet, when you're pulling moves that make Nikita Kucherov's Skills Competition gaffe look smooth, you know you're in trouble.
Sure, maybe in Washington or Carolina, they let it slide, but in Toronto? No, you're gonna get roasted for that one.
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