Thursday afternoon, the NHL announced that Evgeny Kuznetsov was fined $2,000 for his dive against the New Jersey Devils on December 29. As Kuznetsov skated up the ice, Beau Bennett pushed the Caps forward during a line change. Kuzy fell to the ice in an attempt to draw a penalty.
What may have further drawn the ire of the NHL was the fact that Kuznetsov dangerously swung the butt-end of his stick towards the Devils bench in the aftermath.
This weekend, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin flew to France to enjoy the lovely beaches of St. Tropez. On what he described as his vacation, Ovechkin hung out with former KHL player (CSKA) Ruben Begunts and Brooklyn Nets small forward Andrei Kirilenko (Maria’s cousin).
And for the first time ever, I saw Ovechkin dive.
The Caps game sucks, so let’s look elsewhere for entertainment. How about Pittsburgh, where Sidney Crosby recorded an assist on Chris Kunitz‘s first-period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes. That apple gave Crosby his fifth career 100-point season. He’s a lock for the Art Ross trophy, but that’s not why we’re writing.
No. We’re writing because tonight is the night the refs finally turned on Sid. As Crosby skated into the Pens’ defensive zone, he got smacked a linesman. We’re ethically obligated to say it was unintentional, but c’mon.
In the third period of the Capitals’ 3-2 overtime win over Boston on Saturday, Marchand dropped to the ice like a piano falling off the top story of the Empire State Building after Alex Ovechkin gave him a friendly slash in the ribs.
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