On Thursday, Washington Capitals forwards Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov all played in a hockey game for the first time since the Caps’ dreadful season ended two weeks ago.
The three Russian Caps suited up for Russia’s national team in what was basically a glorified exhibition against Germany to warm up for the World Championships. Team Russia won 4-2 and scored three of their four goals in 1:38. None of the Caps players scored or tallied a point.
One interesting fact we can take from the game is that Ovechkin was captain of Team Russia. It’s the first time he’s led the national team since 2005, when he was the 19-year-old captain of Russia during the World Junior Championships. Though his captain patch totally looks velcroed on.
Ovechkin played on the first line with Alex Burmistrov and Viktor Tikhonov; Kuznetsov played with KHL players Sergei Shirokov and Ilya Zubov; and Dmitry Orlov was a part of the team’s top defensive pairing with Anton Belov – who recently left the NHL to sign with SKA St. Petersburg.
Russia will play again Saturday.