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Kuznetsov tries to enter Penguins bench to avoid too-many-men penalty

Capitals center couldn't dodge infraction during second period

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens

Kuznetsov skates to wrong bench

PIT@WSH: Kuznetsov heads to wrong bench on penalty

Realizing the Capitals have six skaters on the ice, Evgeny Kuznetsov quickly tries to head off...only to skate to the Penguins' bench instead

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Evgeny Kuznetsov couldn't avoid a too-many-men penalty no matter how creative he got.

The Washington Capitals center tried to enter the Pittsburgh Penguins bench in hopes of avoiding a penalty during the second period of their game at Capital One Arena on Sunday.

Kuznetsov was skating out of his defensive zone when he realized Washington had six skaters in the play. He tried to get off the ice by booking it to the nearest bench but was rebuffed by Pittsburgh players.

Unfortunately his attempt was too late, and the officials whistled the Capitals for the infraction. But he still earned praise from Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

"That's a smart play," Crosby said after the game. "Give him credit. If you can't get to your own [bench], you might as well try that."

Kuznetsov scored a goal later in the game, but Pittsburgh claimed a 4-3 win.

NHL.com Staff Writer Tom Gulitti contributed to this report.

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