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Over the past week, Washington Capitals rookie forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been jet-setting across the world on vacation with his wife Nastya.

Kuzya could certainly use the rest and relaxation. Last season, the winger played hockey in two different leagues and did not make the playoffs in either. He also participated in the World Championship and suffered two somewhat major injuries.

The 22-year-old has addressed his pressing mental and physical concerns by taking a vacation that is positively siiiiickkkk.

Let’s vicariously enjoy it (like we did with his car), shall we?

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Someday This Will Be Us

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Over the weekend I was bored and started browsing through Instagram on my iPad. I ended up looking at all the photos and videos Kings fans uploaded after they won the Stanley Cup. You would think that’d be a mistake (okay, maybe I cried a little), but in the end it reminded me why I want the Caps to win their own cup so badly some day: the celebration is unmatched.

From a fan’s perspective, here’s what scoring the Stanley Cup/winning goal is like; here’s what it’s like to see the captain of your team first lift the cup; and here’s what it’s like to riot in the streets of LA and down a police-controlled drone.

It’s pretty frigging cool.

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On June 1st, Washington Capitals rookie forward Evgeny Kuznetsov traveled to the city of Kopeysk, located in the region of Chelyabinsk, to play a friendly. Every Children’s Day, Kopeysk hosts a charity soccer game. This year’s pitted hockey players against the city’s district administration.

Kuznetsov, joined by KHL players Georgy Gelashvili, Danis Zaripov, Anton Burdasov, defeated the city officials, but it took an extraordinary effort by the Caps young gun.

(Yes, we’re writing seriously about a soccer game right now. Summer can’t end soon enough.)

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On Sunday night Alex Ovechkin introduced the world to his dogs using Instagram. I did not know this, but he has five of them and they are all German Shepherds. And they are all ready for bedtime.

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Alex Ovechkin Dances Onstage in Moscow (GIF)

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There was an Alex Ovechkin sighting in Moscow on Saturday, and it wasn’t awkward at all. Ovechkin got up onstage and danced to Irakli Pirtskhalava’s performance at the ICON nightclub.

We’ve got the GIFs. The glorious, glorious GIFs.

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Andrei Zubarev, a 27-year-old defenseman with the KHL’s Salavat Yulaev Ufa, recently told Business Online that “it’s entirely possible” he’ll be coming over to play in North America next year.

Zubarev, who was a first-time KHL all-star as well as a World Champion this season, already had one unsuccessful stint in North America during the 2010-11 season. He played only four games with Atlanta Thrashers, who drafted him in the sixth round in 2005, and 51 with the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.

The Caps would be wise to give this late-blooming defenseman one more shot in the NHL.

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If we ignore his time with the Washington Capitals (which I recommend), Jaromir Jagr has been one of the greatest players in hockey history. He’s scored 700+ goals, won two Stanley Cups, and led the league in points five times. He also gave hockey the hockey mullet, which the sport still treasures twenty years later.

Last week, one chapter of Jagr’s career ended when the Czech Republic lost 3-0 to Sweden in the bronze medal game of the World Championships. After the game, a medal-less Jagr announced his retirement from international competition. I’m sure that made people sad; I just don’t know who those people are. Jagr will play one more season in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils.

In his honor, let’s remember Jagr’s final moments in this year’s tournament.

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Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov played in only three games for Team Russia during the World Championship. Dima’s tournament ended after he broke his arm and returned to North America to get surgery.

Orlov watched from home on Sunday as Russia defeated Finland 5-2 in the gold medal game. On Instagram afterwards, an excited Orlov tweeted a photo with the caption:

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After failing to medal in the Sochi Olympics, Alex Ovechkin and the rest of Team Russia wanted redemption in the 2014 World Championship. In front of President Putin at Minsk Arena, Russia beat Finland 5-2 to win gold. They went undefeated, winning 10 consecutive games in the tournament.

Ovechkin, who served as the Russian team captain for the first time since his junior days, scored a goal in the gold medal game, his fourth of the tournament.

Below, Ovechkin and his Caps teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov celebrate their 2014 World Championship win.

It’s no Stanley Cup, but what an awesome moment for Ovi.

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Minutes after Russia won the 2014 World Championship, suspended head coach Oleg Znarok made his way down to the ice to celebrate with his team. Znarok, who coached Alex Ovechkin in Dynamo Moscow, was immediately greeted by the Russian team captain. Ovechkin, grinning from ear to eat ear, waved over his teammates.

This is a nice moment.

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