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‘You can feel it in the arena’: Kaprizov keeps proving he is special

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Still just 24 years old, he has a love for big moments.

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

We waited a long time for Kirill Kaprizov. A very long time.

Every game he proves that he was worth the wait.

In the last five games, Kaprizov has shown his affinity for theatrics;

  • an overtime winner
  • two third period goals, 2:10 apart to tie the game and then take the lead (lost in OT)
  • a game-tying goal with 1:32 left (won 26 seconds later)
  • another game-tying goal with 52 seconds left (lost in OT)

His teammates know how special he is and in the postgame interviews after Friday night's overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks, Joel Eriksson Ek spoke about the palpable feeling of it.

“He’s a special player. Every time he gets the puck, you can feel it in the arena.” Eriksson Ek said. “It’s amazing. The thing is, he’s creating all the time.”

Kaprizov is currently tied for second on the team with three game-winning goals, only Kevin Fiala has more. He’s also tied for fourth in the league for overtime goals, albeit with just two to his credit. The rookie has managed to break almost all of the Wild’s previously standing rookie records, including Filip Kuba’s single-season rookie assist record last night.

With eleven goals in his last eleven games, it feels like he’s ramping up for the postseason.

Kirill plays the game with passion, heart, and a will to be there for his team in its major moments. We can’t wait to see how he raises his game for the NHL’s biggest stage.