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Kuznetsov OK to play for Capitals

Forward will face Stars after leaving game with injury

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Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov is expected to play Saturday after leaving the game Thursday in the third period with an injury. 

Kuznetsov was hit in the head after a faceoff in a 4-3 win against the Minnesota Wild. 

"During the end of the third period, Evgeny underwent and passed all tests pertaining to the League's concussion protocol evaluation," the Capitals said in a statement Friday. "We expect him to take the morning skate tomorrow and play against the [Dallas] Stars later that night."

Kuznetsov is fifth in the NHL with 54 points (15 goals, 39 assists).

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