Photos by Chris Gordon. Click to enlarge.

A day after their thrilling 3-2 victory over the Rangers to even the series, Washington took to the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex Sunday morning. As they prepared to head to New York for a pivotal Game 5 Monday, the team’s sprits were high and the beards long. Below, check out some of my photos from the skate.

Dmitry Orlov playoff “beard” update.

Karl Alzner playoff beard update.

Old Man Knuble intense even during practice.

Old Man Knuble also sometimes confused even during practice.

The world must know what Alex Ovechkin is staring at.

Braden Holtby wants to learn from, kill Dave Prior.

I know it’s Dany Sabourin, but I thought the photo looked cool.

Jason Chimera  freaking loves the indoors.

Czech backup goalie confab.

Now for the main event.

Apparently that was enough joy for the day.

Dale Hunter drops knowledge on CSN’s Chuck Gormley.

Fin.

  • http://twitter.com/kat326 Rachel Cohen

    Ovi with his beard looks like he belongs in an over-sized chair, petting a white Persian cat and forming a plan for world domination. :’D

  • http://www.facebook.com/derek.eklund Derek Eklund

    Excellent. I am really loving these series, and this site’s coverage of them. Hoping we get more content!!!

  • Dmitry

    Holtby’s beard is beginning to swallow his neck…

  • Ohyeah

    Holtby has a sweet onesie.

  • http://twitter.com/murrderdith Meredith Jones

    Anyone else concerned that Ovi is clearly in the darkest timeline?

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    [solemn nod indicating recognition of reference]

  • blip

    Wow, Dany Sabourin has a cool mask. I like it.

  • bellka

    A mini giraffe should also be in the picture

  • Pete

    Brower needs a goatee too so they can be Evil Troy and Evil Oviii

  • Rhino40

    Chimera’s beard a cross between Amish-Light and 300… Am I totally wrong about this?

  • Rhino40

    The Bäckisbeard is also strange: two smudges on either side of his chin but seemingly nothing in the middle..hmmm.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1567350534 Starlet Amanda Smith

    That’s ok…we want that playoff beard to keep on growing in nice and full!