Video: Mike Knuble and the Symphony of Pings

There’s unlucky, and then there’s Mike Knuble.

Mike Knuble, who’s scored at least 20 goals in both his previous seasons with the Capitals, and in every year since the lockout, has been facing down a pretty tough season. He’s scored only four goals, and perhaps more shockingly, played only 61 games, benched by two different coaches for long stretches.

Before Tuesday night’s game against the Islanders, Knuble was on a 32-game scoreless drought, before finally scoring in exactly the fashion that Caps fans have come to expect — working hard, standing in the paint. In the second period, Knuble deflected a puck behind Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov while screening him to score the Caps’ first goal of the night, which eventually ended as a 5-4 shootout victory.

“You go to the net, and things happen,” Knuble told WaPo’s Tarik El-Bashir. They certainly did tonight! Last season after having one goal in the first 11 games of the season, Knuble once joked on DC101’s Elliot in the Morning he was going to have to sacrifice a goat to get his luck to turn around. Fortunately, he didn’t have to do that this time… as far as we know.

To celebrate Knuble’s long and painful journey to goal #4, our buddy Max Duchaine has created a video to the tune of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”. Enjoy.

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  • Angorasoul

    Very Happy to see Knuble back on the ice for the past couple of games.

  • grammarPITA

    Mike Knuble was experiencing a “drought.” Once he broke it, one hopes he went out and enjoyed a nice “draught” beer.

  • John Shisler

    Would have been nice if the pings had sounded like the puck hitting the post. LOL!

  • Max

    I actually used a sample called “hockey_puck_crossbar_ping.wav” but no, you’re right 😀

  • John Shisler

    It sounded more like someone beating a steel pole. LOL! Oh well. It was the thought that counted.

  •  I thought the fact that the sound was not exactly what you would expect it to be made it ten times more funny. I was cracking up when I first watched it this morning!

  • Dark Stranger

    Hope our favorite Latvian Canadian American has better luck in getting goals for the rest of this season (and the playoffs)!

  • Max

    Like hitting a steel pole with a rubber mallet…

  • Yv

    Considering what he did this morning to Ovi, I think Knoobs better served as a scratch guy. Wrong sacrifices MK. I hope it is nothing serious with Ovi and only for today, otherwise it could be a disaster before lethal road trip. Adding news about Kuznetsov and we have extremely bad day today.

  • Ana

    According to reports, Ovechkin went to the wrong side of the drill and caught Knuble by surprise. Hope neither are hurt though. 

    If you are having an awful 24 hours, here is a gif of Princess Leia handing Luke a beer.

  • Dark Stranger

    One slight problem with that suggestion:  if Ovi can’t play tomorrow and Knuble is scratched, who gets to play.  We’d only have 11 forwards able to play.  Would Hunter go with 7 defensemen and f*** up the lines?  I sincerely doubt they’d want to use up a non-emergency callup to bring anyone up from Hershey.

  • Tim Oshea311

    Great to see Knubs score hope that’s the goal to get the monkey off his back and finish the season strong. GO CAPS