- Recorded his 200th in a two-point game (1g/1a), including a shorthanded goal on Oct. 25 vs. Dallas
- Scored his second shorthanded goal of the season and added an assist on Nov. 11 vs. Colorado
- Had three points (2g/1a), including his third SHG of the season on Jan. 19 vs. Philadelphia
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 FedEx Field in Landover, Md. on Friday