On a night where Alex Ovechkin scored a hat trick and six of the game’s seven goals were scored by Russians, of course the prettiest play of the evening came from a pair of comrades.
6:31 into the third period, Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov carried the puck into the offensive zone and surged ahead of a surprised Jay Bouwmeester. As Evgeny Kuznetsov drove hard to the net, Orlov hit the center with a breathtaking backhanded pass, which the Chelyabinsk native tapped home for his third goal of the season.
We’ll find out later today what the name and logo will be for the NHL’s new team in Las Vegas. But we already know who one NHL analyst believes the team will take in the expansion draft next spring.
TSN analyst Craig Button shared his draft predictions today, and former Caps and current Preds beat writer Adam Vingan was kind enough to post a screenshot on Twitter. Button believes the Vegas team will take defenseman Dmitry Orlov from the Caps.
Outscored 7-2 in their last two games against bottom-dwelling teams, the Washington Capitals’ play of late was becoming panic inducing. But Wednesday night, the Capitals erased all fears after they exploded for 7 goals against rival Pittsburgh.
Let’s relive them all.
After the Caps’ 5-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, Alex Ovechkin, Andre Burakovsky, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov returned home and bought a pay-per-view.
The players stayed up late to watch the UFC’s historic first visit to Madison Square Garden. Conor McGregor headlined the UFC 205 card and the “Notorious” Irishman knocked out Eddie Alvarez in Round 2. McGregor’s win made him the first combat fighter in UFC history to hold two belts in two different weight divisions.
Each Caps player documented their night on social media. Please prepare yourself for several thrilling vertical videos taken by the players of their respective TVs.
The Caps entered the first intermission with their heads down, trailing to the lowly Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 after the first 20 minutes of play. But let’s for a moment celebrate Evgeny Kuznetsov, who gave the Caps an early lead at the 12:02 mark of the first period.
The tally was Kuznetsov’s second goal of the season and it was brilliantly set up by his fellow countryman, Dmitry Orlov (AKA Snarls).
Sunday afternoon, the Washington Capitals, victors of five straight, announced that they cancelled their Monday morning practice. So that evening Caps captain Alex Ovechkin hosted a party at his Virginia home. All the Russian Capitals (including their families) dropped by along with several members of Ovechkin’s posse. Because of the postings on social media, we got a rare glimpse inside Ovi’s house where we notice Alex Ovechkin has a lot of photos of Alex Ovechkin up. Also, woah, that is a lot of Coke machines.
But what’s a party without a DJ? So Ovechkin, who recently got turntables set up at his house by Club Glow business partner Pete Kalamoutsos, invited Arty, a famous Russian record producer and DJ. According to Wikipedia, Arty has collaborated with such popular acts like Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, BT, Paul van Dyk, Mat Zo, OneRepublic, and Matisse & Sadko.
The night began with some street hockey with tennis balls in what appears to be Ovechkin’s garage.
Through the first nine games of the season, defensemen for the Capitals have accrued 15 assists. That comes to 38 percent of the total number of assists for the entire team. All six d-men who have suited up for the Caps have gotten at least two assists; only six forwards can say that. Even Karl Alzner has gotten on the scoreboard, recording the only two goals scored by Capitals defensemen this season.
This has all been by design (minus Alzner scoring). Washington’s defensemen have been more active in the Capitals offensive game on the rush and in the zone. Barry Trotz has been stressing the need to work the puck from high-to-low in the offensive zone for his entire tenure in Washington, and he — along with assistant coach Todd Rierden — doubled down on that point in training camp.
Here are the three things I’ve noticed that have made the Caps defensemen more productive this season.
Sunday night, Capitals players held their annual Halloween Party at the Mari Vanna restaurant in Washington DC. The costumes were fantastic.
Superstar Alex Ovechkin slicked back his hair and put on a prisoner costume. His wife Nastya, who I’m guessing was his captor, dressed up as a police officer, potentially giving us an inside look into who truly wears the pants in that relationship. Meanwhile #CapsNeighbors Tom Wilson and Andre Burakovsky dressed up as stepbrothers and TJ Oshie and his wife Lauren were Mr. and Mrs Smith… with a twist.
Check out all the costumes below.
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