May 12, 01:00
Fetisov urged “not to crown” Kirill Kaprizov ahead of time for achievements in the Stanley Cup
According to Vyacheslav Fetisov, Russian hockey players in the NHL are in conditions of increased competition and are making every effort to remain leaders of their teams.
Russian hockey players show a good game in the Stanley Cup playoffs, two-time Olympic hockey champion Vyacheslav Fetisov told RBC Sport.
“Our guys are doing very well in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Kirill Kaprizov has already become the main Russian in Minnesota. Tarasenko scores his second hat-trick for St. Louis. Malkin is having a brilliant season. Our guys live in an atmosphere of fierce competition and therefore make every effort to achieve results and always be in the cage,” Fetisov said.
The Olympic champion also noted that Kaprizov still has a lot of work to do to become the new Ovechkin in the NHL.
“Can the same Kaprizov become the new Ovechkin? You need to confirm your high status every year in order to replace it. Kirill is just starting, so you should not crown him the “chief Russian” in the United States ahead of time, ”Fetisov explained his thought.
Earlier, Vladimir Tarasenko became the third player in the history of St. Louis and the first in 27 years to score three goals in one period in the Stanley Cup, and no one before him managed to score a hat-trick in the final third of the match.
Previously in the playoffs, only three Blues players have scored a hat-trick: Red Berenson (1969), Brendan Shanahan (1995) and Jayden Schwartz (2019).
Kaprizov has already chalked up seven goals in the playoffs, setting a new club record for the number of goals in one round of the Stanley Cup.
Malkin became the leading Russian scorer in NHL playoff history with a goal in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup first-round series against the New York Rangers. He beat Sergey Fedorov on points and came out on top. Now the Pittsburgh forward has 177 points.