GAME HIGHS: Goals: 5 / Assists: 3 / Points: 5 ... HAT TRICKS: 3 / MULTI-PT GAMES: 70
CAREER: In the 6th season of an 11-year contract...2008 Stanley Cup champion...Represented Sweden at 2010 Olympics and 2006 WC (gold)...Named to 2014 Swedish Olympic Team but did not play due to injury.
2014-15: Has not played since 1/6 due to a concussion...Played in his 600th NHL game on 1/6 at EDM...Had 3-game goal streak from 11/7-11/14 and 5-game point streak from 11/4-11/14...Had points in 8 of his first 10 games of the season, totaling 11 pts. (5-6-11).
OTHER: Led the NHL in goals (13) during the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs...Was selected by DET at the NHL Entry Draft at age 24...Recorded 58 points (23-35-58) in 165 SHL games with Linkoping before joining the NHL in 2005-06.
Missed majority of 2009-10 due to knee injury vs. Chicago, October 8, 2009.
It was a big dream. [Messi] is probably the best athlete out there, so it's a big honor, for [Kuznetzov] as well. It's maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the best player in soccer right now. I'm a big Barcelona fan and Messi fan, so it's huge. You can take [Michael] Jordan, [Mark] Messier, [Wayne] Gretzky, those kinds of [people]. It's an honor to meet. It's nice to be in that position.
— Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin told told Monumental Network after meeting soccer star Lionel Messi prior to Argentina's practice at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Md. on Friday