By 9am the stands at Kettler were about 1/3 filled as the Capitals’ prospects took the ice for their second scrimmage of 2010 Development Camp. In marked contrast to yesterday’s chippy, gritty scrimmage, today’s affair was much more fluid and wide open, resulting in over 30% more scoring. On the red team the lines stayed pretty much the same as the first scrimmage. On the white team, Stanislav Galiev was bumped down to the second line, serving with Wade MacLeod (Jr, Northeastern) and Garrett Mitchell (WHL, 2009 Draft, 6th Round, 175th overall). The chemistry of the Galiev-MacLeod-Mitchell line was palpable: the line exploded for the first three goals of the scrimmage – MacLeod was 2-1-3 and Galiev was 1-1-2. Galiev scored his goal camped out in front of the net on a nice deflection that beat goalie Taylor Nelson (So, Ferris State) Red quickly responded with a pair of goals from Jake Hauswirth (both on mostly empty nets) and one from Stefan Della Rovere. The red and white teams alternated goals for the remainder of the game, with Cody Eakin and Evgeny Kuznetsov scoring for the red team and Marcus Johansson and Felix LeFrancois both picking up their first goals for the white team. In the overtime shootout Galiev scored the only goal to win the game for white with a sick deke in front of the net.
Kuznetsov the Pest?
As Peter mentioned in his earlier post, there was an incident featuring Braden Holtby and Evgeny Kuznetsov. As Kuznetsov aggressively forechecked into the offensive zone, he came into contact with Holtby, knocking Holtby out of the play and allowing Jake Hauswirth to score an easy goal. After Kuznetsov gave Holtby an earful, Holtby responded after the play by taking his stick and whacking Kuznetsov across the back of the legs. This was not the only incident of the day involving Kuznetsov. A short while after the Holtby incident, Kuznetsov held and hooked Marcus Johansson at center ice. Even after being called for a penalty, Kuznetsov continued to jaw at Mackan in broken English, leading to a dirty look from the Swede.