Kuhnhackl hasn’t played since February 20th against the Vancouver Canucks. His role on the team is clear, he’s a depth forward that will be used infrequently.
But that doesn’t mean he’ll be allowed to rest on his laurels. Under three minutes into the game Kuhnhackl put the New York Islanders on the board.
The play looked offside, watch Leo Komarov at the bottom of the screen. But Kuhnhackl has the presence of mind to see Komarov and doesn’t touch the puck.
That simple move allows him to stay onside and for the goal to count. Capitals fans won’t be happy about it, but them’s the rules and Kuhnhackl looks pretty smart for exploiting it in real-time.
I guess Brayden Holtby thought it was offside because he hardly challenged Kuhnhackl on the play. But what a heads up play from the scratch pad warrior Kuhnhackl.
He doesn’t always get the chance but he’s making the most of his opportunities. It’s exactly what you want to see from your depth players.
Lou’s got to be grinning from ear-to-ear when Tom Kuhnhackl scores a goal. Everyone doubted the move, and Kuhnhackl does exactly what Lou wanted him to do; step into the roster every-now-and-then and contribute.