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Russian forward Kirill Kaprizov scored the game-winning goal in the gold-medal game on Sunday in Pyeongchang. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
GANGNEUNG, South Korea - Russian forward Kirill Kaprizov has a gold medal, and soon he may have an NHL contract.
The 20-year-old Minnesota Wild prospect scored the overtime power-play winner in the gold-medal game Sunday as the Russians beat Germany 4-3 in overtime.
It was his fifth goal of the tournament, and he doesn’t remember much about it.
“It was great it came out like that,” he said. “I was a bit lucky.”
Kaprizov hasn’t ruled out leaving Russia for the NHL in the summer: "It's not the time to talk about it just now. I have a contract,” he said.
That contract is with CSKA Moscow, the famed Red Army club, which has used financial support from Russia’s state oil company Rosneft to fund big-money deals with ex-NHL players like Valeri Nichushkin and Mikhail Grigorenko.
Kaprizov next faces Kontinental Hockey League playoff games with CSKA, but admits it’ll be strange going back as an Olympic champion.
“The season’s not over yet,” he said with a laugh. “Now I’m happy that we won but we’ll get home, take a step back, and keep working.”