Evgeny Kuznetsov, who returned to the ice Wednesday night for the first time since May 1, confirmed Thursday that he tested positive for the coronavirus a second time.

Kuznetsov was placed on the coronavirus protocol list on May 4, after already spending time on the list early in the season. He had been activated off the coronavirus list Sunday after missing the previous two weeks.

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The Washington Capitals center played over 26 minutes in Game 3 — his first action since May 1. Boston won 3-2 in double overtime, taking a 2-1 series advantage.

Because he had already dealt with one round of the coronavirus, Kuznetsov said he had an easier time recovering and returning to the ice. When he landed on the coronavirus list Jan. 20, he didn’t return to practice until Feb. 8, and he didn’t play in a game until Feb. 14.